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Woman facing DUI charge after Portsmouth crash

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Tiverton woman was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence after police say she crashed her car in Portsmouth Wednesday afternoon.

Portsmouth police said they responded around 2:45 p.m. to a report of an erratic driver on West Main Road. They soon located the suspect vehicle, which had left the roadway and crashed into a guardrail in the area of Route 24 and Freeborn Street.

The driver, Leslie Lord, was taken into custody after she failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test on scene, according to police.

Ally Costa was driving behind Lord's vehicle prior to the crash. She said the vehicle was swerving and wasn't staying in its lane.

"She started going into oncoming traffic and then almost hitting like a bunch of people," Costa said. “I knew she was going to hit that guard rail, so I kind of just, like, took my whole wheel and put it the other way and went towards the opposite guard rail.”

Costa sent Eyewitness News a video her mother filmed from the passenger seat right when the car crashed.

“Her whole car just went up and like on the wheels, and around," Costa recalled. “She took our lives into her hands so... that’s pretty messed up.”

Lord, 41, was taken to an area hospital as a precaution and later released, police said. 

Lord was arraigned Wednesday night at Portsmouth police headquarters on charges of DUI (first offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical test. She's due in court for a formal arraignment next week.

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