Suspected drunk driver accused of hitting officer during pursuit

Suspected drunk driver accused of hitting officer during pursuit

SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — A Warren woman accused of driving drunk and leading police on a wild pursuit through several communities allegedly hit an officer with her car before being taken into custody in Swansea overnight.

Irina Bublik, 30, was arraigned on multiple charges including operating under the influence and assault and battery on a police officer in Fall River District Court on Monday.

Warwick police said they initially tried to stop Bublik when she was driving erratically and swerving across marked traffic lanes around 1:30 a.m. She instead allegedly took off, leading officers on a chase through the city until she crossed over into Cranston, where police decided to call off the pursuit.

According to Swansea police, the chase was picked up in East Providence and continued through Barrington, Warren, Seekonk, Rehoboth and eventually Swansea, where Bublik pulled onto Kayleigh Court and encountered a dead end.

The police report says Bublik did not stop, instead turning around to leave the neighborhood as Rehoboth Sgt. Richard Shailor got out of his cruiser and ordered her to stop.

“The vehicle then drove straight at Sergeant Shailor, striking him with the vehicle’s mirror,” the police report says.

Rehoboth Sgt. Norman Todd said later on Monday that Shailor was not injured.

In court, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Kyle McPherson said Bublik was speeding and running stop signs through local communities during the chase.

Bublik eventually stopped at a parking lot off Route 6 in Swansea, where she was taken into custody. The police report said her car was left in drive, and it rolled and crashed into an unoccupied Seekonk police cruiser.

According to the report, Bublik refused a breathalyzer test but smelled strongly of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. Police described her as “irate” at the scene but later said she apologized to officers at the police department for not stopping her car.

A judge set Bublik’s bail at $5,000 cash. Should she post bail, she was ordered to not drink and to wear a device that detects alcohol consumption.

Bublik’s driver’s license was also suspended.

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