2013-08-01 / News

Woman arrested for boating while intoxicated

Rhode Island state troopers on July 28 arrested a woman in the East Passage for operating a watercraft while under the influence of liquor.

According to Col. Stephen O’Donnell of the state police, a marine unit was on patrol in the area of Newport Harbor outside of Fort Adams State Park during the Newport Folk Festival when it observed a minor collision between two boats. The operator of the boat who caused the collision attempted to leave the scene. Troopers stopped the boat, which was being operated by Deborah Saboya, 51, of Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth.

While interacting with Saboya, troopers observed various indicators consistent with intoxication. Saboya submitted to a series of field sobriety tests at the scene, which she allegedly failed. She was arrested and transported to the Wickford barracks, where she refused to submit to a chemical test.

Saboya was processed and held overnight at state police headquarters before being arraigned in Washington County Court the following morning. She pled not guilty.

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