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WESTERLY — Westerly police said a woman was arrested at the police station Tuesday after she showed up drunk to report missing pills and was not able to complete a breathalyzer test.

The woman, Kimberly J. Rioux, 48, of 2 Marichris Drive, Westerly, was charged with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content, second offense. She was on probation for a March conviction of possession of a controlled substance and was remanded into state custody, according to Rhode Island court records.

According to a police report, Rioux arrived at the Westerly Police Department on Airport Road around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Police Chief Shawn Lacey said officers watched as she parked unevenly across two spaces before getting out of the car and stumbling toward the entrance.

"An officer met her in the lobby and she told him that she needed to file a report because her prescription pills were missing and she needed the report to get a refill," Lacey said. "When asked, she said there was no evidence of theft and she did not know who would have taken them."

Rioux failed a field sobriety test and agreed to take a breathalyzer test, the police said, but was unable to blow accurately into the device to get a proper reading. Concerned about her condition, the police called for an ambulance and she was taken to the hospital. 

She agreed to blood tests at the hospital, and Lacey said the department is still awaiting the results. 

Rioux was charged in November 2017 with driving under the influence, but the charges were dropped. More recently, she was convicted of shoplifting in January and possession of a controlled substance in March, court records show. She pleaded no contest in both cases.

After the March conviction, Rioux was sentenced to serve two years in prison, with the sentence suspended pending completion of a two-year probation and participating in substance abuse counseling. She has now been charged as a probation violator and is expected to remainat the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston until a hearing in Washington County Superior Court on May 29.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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