RWU student conduct director charged with DUI


PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman in charge of student conduct at Roger Williams University is facing DUI charges after a crash in Middletown.

Police said Heidi Hartzell was arrested in Portsmouth on Dec. 28.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, police received a call from the driver of an SUV who stated he was struck by another vehicle on West Main Road in Middletown.

Police said the man followed Hartzell until officers tracked her down and pulled her over on Hedley Street in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth police charged Hartzell with driving under the influence and Middletown police charged her with failure to stop for an accident. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Hartzell is the director of student conduct and community standards at RWU.

RWU spokesperson Edward Fitzpatrick released a statement Monday saying the university doesn’t comment on specific personnel matters.

“While the university takes any criminal charges filed against an employee seriously, it will always conduct a fair and thorough internal investigation before taking whatever action is appropriate, based both on the circumstances of any such case and the nature of the employee’s job responsibilities.”

Hartzell had no comment on the charges, according to her attorney.

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