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Road rage leads to spitting

March 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET — One motorist allegedly spit at another during an apparent case of road rage Sunday — and he was charged with assault for doing it.
Police said Talubeh Njie, 39, was also arrested for driving without a license when he showed up at police headquarters about 7 p.m.
About two hours earlier, police said Njie apparently exchanged words with Sarah Belanger, 23, as the two approached the junction of Cumberland Street and Cass Avenue from the same direction. Belanger, who claimed Njie cut her off, told police he spit at her through the open window of her vehicle, soiling her sweatshirt.
She followed Njie’s Toyota Highlander, recorded the license plate and later filed a complaint at police headquarters. She made a positive identification of Njie when he walked into police headquarters while she was there.
In other news:
• A Burrillville man was arrested Saturday when he somehow made his way into an occupied residence on Manville Road.
John Charles McAvinn, 45, was charged with breaking into an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest. Police said they spotted a man matching the description of the intruder about 4:40 p.m., walking toward Hamlet Avenue, after receiving a complaint.
McAvinn was subdued with an electronic Taser after he allegedly struggled with several police officers who were trying to handcuff him.
The woman who filed the complaint said she realized someone was in the hallway when she heard her dog barking. According to reports, she recalls this conversation with the intruder:
“Who are you?”
“I’m not supposed to be here, I’ll leave.”
Police said McAvinn told them he’d been drinking at a bar near the woman’s house, and that he seemed intoxicated when he was taken into custody.
• A 24-year-old Woonsocket man was arrested with unprescribed pharmaceuticals after a motor vehicle stop on East School Street Sunday afternoon.
Police said they pulled over Gilliando Dacosta’s Nissan sports car after he made an abrupt turn in front of oncoming traffic, forcing other motorists to stop short. After discovering 20 doses of the prescription painkiller oxycodone in his car, Dacosta was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving while in possession of a controlled substance.

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