Got Warrants? Don't Ask a Cop for a Ride to a Motel

The woman was wanted in Maine for failing to appear on a drug possession charge.

An attempt to get a ride from a Johnston police officer to a motel led a 30-year-old Cranston woman to a night in jail and a trip to Maine for an outstanding warrant, police said.

According to police, Jennifer DesPlaines, 30, of 129 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, was wanted by Sanford, Me. police for failing to appear on a drug possession charge.

On Dec. 14 at around 10 p.m., Johnston Ptlmn. Derek Parascandolo was flagged down by DesPlaines and a man who were standing in front of the Bel-Air Motor Inn on Hartford Avenue.

They told the officer that they had been dropped off by a friend to rent a room at the motel but it was sold out and asked for a ride to the Sky View Inn.

Parascandolo ran a check of DesPlains’ information and found she was wanted out of Maine on the drug charge. Sanford Police, once contacted, said they would extradite DesPlaines, which led to her arrest.

She was also charged as being a fugitive from justice.


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