An East Providence lawyer who specializes in DUI cases pleaded not guilty in 6th District Court on Thursday, Jan. 17, to East Providence police charges that she was driving drunk when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Warren Avenue.
It is the second time she has been charged with a DUI in the past year – the first time was in Barrington last March.
Layne C. Savage, 32, of Village Green North, was released on her own recognizance Thursday, according to the Providence Journal. She faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test, second offense.
Savage’s next court date is in three weeks, Feb. 8.
She was charged on Sunday evening, Jan. 13, after her vehicle reportedly crashed into a parked vehicle at 512 Warren Ave. Officers reportedly found her behind the wheel of her SUV crying, confused and with slurred speech.
The Barrington charges were dismissed in District Court because police officers had not personally witnessed her driving erractically before pulling her over after they received a 911 call. Barrington police did find open bottles of alcohol in her vehicle.
David D. Curtin, the Supreme Court's chief disciplinary counsel, said he is monitoring the progress of Savage's case, according to the Journal. He is quoted as saying: "Everybody has a presumption of innocence. Obviously, we'll await the outcome to decide what steps to take."