NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Johnston woman accused of driving drunk and crashing into North Smithfield Town Hall after fleeing a traffic stop has been ordered held without bail.
Stephanie Plante’s bail was set at $5,000 with surety after she was arraigned Thursday in district court but she was later presented as a superior court violator and ordered held.
Plante, 32, was arrested following the crash Wednesday night but not before she resisted, according to police. North Smithfield Police Capt. Steve Riccitelli said she was combative and assaulted an officer on scene, forcing them to use pepper spray to subdue her.
Riccitelli said it all started around 9 p.m. when an officer observed Plante driving erratically on Victory Highway and tried to pull her over. She instead sped off, according to Riccitelli, then turned onto North Main Street before hitting the front corner of the town hall building.
The impact of the crash was so severe, it split the vehicle in two.
Riccitelli said the officer followed Plante with his lights and siren on but noted that it was not a chase.
Plante was not injured in the crash but taken to Landmark Medical Center to be treated for pepper spray exposure, according to Riccitelli. He said she had a passenger who appeared to be unhurt and was examined at the scene.
Plante was charged with driving under the influence, assault on a police officer, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license (third offense) and three counts of possession of narcotics.
As for Town Hall, there was some damage to the exterior of the building but it was open for business on Thursday.