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RI State Police Charges Woman with DUI with Five Children in Her Car at Lincoln Woods State Park

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Woonsocket woman on charges of driving while intoxicated with five children in her car.

Leah Beatriz Duran, age 41, of 144 Park Place, Woonsocket, was arrested at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Lincoln Woods State Park after a member of the beach staff notified park police that a woman who was possibly intoxicated was preparing to leave the park in a minivan with five children, ages 7 months to 10 years old, inside.

When officers from the Department of Environmental Management confronted the driver, she allegedly backed into one of the officer's trucks in an attempt to flee. No one was injured.

Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks arrested Ms. Duran for allegedly driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. Breathalyzer tests showed her blood alcohol content was allegedly .279 and .277 in successive tests. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08 percent.

Ms. Duran was charged with:

Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs, first offense, BAC .15 or Greater with a Child Under the Age of Thirteen
Driving with Suspended/Revoked/Cancelled License

She also was cited for:

Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Evidence of Insurance
Reasonable and Prudent Speeds Failure to Maintain
License to be Carried-Exhibited on Demand

Ms. Duran was processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released pending a court appearance in Third Division District Court on July 24.

The children were turned over to relatives. The state Department for Children, Youth and Families was notified.

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  • Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police
  • Online: http://risp.ri.gov
  • Release date: 07-12-2018

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