Erratic driver endangers travelers, punches officer

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BURRILLVILLE – A Burrillville woman, reported by witnesses for aggressive, erratic driving during rush hour traffic, reacted to sobriety tests by attacking a police officer, according to her arrest report.

Jodi Carboni, 49, faces charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following the incident on Friday, Feb. 22.

Police received two calls about Carboni’s driving, with one party stating that he saw her weaving in and out of her lane of travel “violently,” and another saying her car drove up at 80 miles-an-hour on Broncos Highway, and was aggressively trying to pass other travelers.

Police reportedly spotted Carboni’s gray 2006 Subaru on East Avenue and watched her repeatedly cross over the center line. As officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, Carboni gained speed along the busy road.

The car eventually stopped, but Carboni was, “aggressive and agitated” while speaking to police, according to reports. Police say Carboni had difficulty with sobriety tests, but said it was the result of a knee surgery in January.

Police said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from Carboni and her car was “in absolute disarray” from the erratic driving, with food thrown all over her front seat, and her wallet and cell phone on the floor of the vehicle.

In the midst of sobriety testing, Carboni reportedly lurched at an officer, and a struggle ensued as police attempted to place her under arrest. Carboni continued throwing punches at the officer’s face, eventually striking her shoulder.

Later during questioning, she told police she’d had two beers at a friend’s house a half hour earlier.

Carboni was brought before a bail commissioner and released on a summons to appear in 6th District Court at a later date.

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