Woman Arrested for DUI after Chase through Rhode Island

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A woman in Rhode Island was in court today after leading police on a chase that spanned four separate cities. Stephanie Banville, a 21-year-old resident of Rhode Island, ran from police for about 30 minutes before finally coming to a stop in Providence.

Just before 7:30 p.m., officers pulled Banville over for suspected driving. Instead of cooperating with the police, Banville sped off, trying to evade police. Officers followed her through Warwick, and then in to Cranston, and North Providence, before finally coming to a halt in Providence. An eyewitness to the end of the chase said the police were able to box her in around 8:00 p.m.

Banville was driving on a suspended license, and is serving a three-year probation for leaving the scene of an accident where there were injuries. There were no injuries in the chase, and it never reached high speeds. Banville is being charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence. Rode Island OUI punishments include fines, jail time, community service, alcohol education, among other things.

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