Burrillville woman faces felony charges after ramming into car carrying family


BURRILLVILLE – An 18-year-old Burrillville woman was arrested last week after allegedly driving her car into a vehicle carrying her ex boyfriend – along with another woman and her young children – and ramming it repeatedly.

Vanessa Arpin of Spring Street in Pascoag is facing charges of domestic felony assault, two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and simple assault, following the incident.

According to reports, one of the victims, a Burrillville woman, was driving Arpin’s ex-boyfriend, Stephen Scott of North Smithfield, to work at Uncle Ronnie’s Tavern on Friday, Dec. 28. Scott told his driver – whose children were in the back seat – to “hurry up” because Arpin was following them.

As the victim turned left on Lapham Farm Road from South Main Street, Arpin reportedly pulled in front of the vehicle, a 2014 Acura, to block the way. She then got out of her car – a 2007 Ford – and began banging on the Acura with her fists. When the victim tried to drive away, Arpin reportedly got back into her car and began ramming into the car “putting the occupants of the vehicle in extreme fear,” according to police.

Scott reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.

Arpin, meanwhile, admitted to ramming the car, and told police she did so because “she was agitated the Mr. Scott was in the vehicle.”

A witness also told police she saw Arpin’s grey car hit the victim’s white car and that she saw her in pajama shorts yelling in the road.

Police reports note that Arpin was belligerent, yelling profanities and eventually garnering new charges by kicking a police officer in the stomach.

She was later transported to the ACI.


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