Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety announces that on Sunday July 28, at approximately 4:50 pm Troopers assigned to the Rhode Island State Police Marine Unit arrested a woman for Operating a Watercraft While Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs.
Troopers were on patrol in the area of Newport Harbor outside of Fort Adams State Park during the Newport Folk Festival at which time they 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 I. Saboya, age 51, of 160 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. While interacting with Ms. Saboya, Troopers observed various indicators consistent with intoxication. Ms. Saboya submitted to a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the scene, which she failed. Ms. Saboya was arrested and transported to the Wickford Barracks, where she refused to submit to a chemical test. Ms. Saboya was charged with the following:
1. Operating a Watercraft While Intoxicated 2. Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test
Ms. Saboya was processed and held overnight at State Police Headquarters before being arraigned in Washington County Court this morning. She plead not guilty and was given court dates to appear for a Pre Trial Hearing.
MEDIA CONTACT: Captain James M. Manni, Division "A" Commander, (401) 444-1010