NKPD: Narragansett Driver Charged With DWI

A Narragansett woman is facing drunken driving charges after a crash in North Kingstown with serious injuries resulting.

Police have identified the alleged drunk driver in .

Camilla Campanale of Narragansett is facing charges of drunken driving (serious bodily injury resulting) and refusing to submit to a chemical test. According to the , Campanale was driving southbound on Post Road Thursday around 11:30 p.m. when her car broadsided another vehicle exiting the gas station. 

Campanale was taken to Kent County Hospital while the two juvenile passengers in the other vehicle went to Hasbro Children's Hospital, all for non-life threatening injuries.

Campanale was released from the hospital and immediately taken into custody by North Kingstown police. She was arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

As of 4 a.m. Friday morning, the driver of the other vehicle is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

Reilly1313 August 08, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I am shocked at the zero interest in how the 17 year old victim is doing. And this has nothing to do with the Gansett police just b/c the woman being charged is from Gansett. It also has nothing to do with her being a teacher in SK. I am interested in how the victims are and what the outcome of this will be for Ms. Campanale and those injured in the crash. Prayers sent for all involved.
lori arnold August 08, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Prayers to the 17 yr old victim.. Mr Editor, I think the State Police do a good job. I think what happened with Ptlm McGovern was corrupt. I think the watch dog media was given a sleeping pill. I did contact the Independent and the reporter I spoke with said,something to the effect, he wasn't about to get the town police 'busting his b^^^s' . The cop is back ON THE JOB , in a town that has a major drinking problem with URI college kids, so what an example. As for going to the town manager ( happens to be the police chief) or town council, I have a question ; U NEVER LIVED IN GANSETT HAVE U ?? I think my complaint is reasonable.. thanks for ur time Mr Greenwell.
Ted Geisel August 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Lori, After reading your post I contacted Liz Boardman (Managing Editor of the Independent) and Mr. Koch (Narragansett Reporter for the Independent). I asked them if what you said was true, that they were afraid of the Narragansett Police. Here is the response I received from Mrs Boardman. "Ted, Absolutely not. We were never asked that. We never said that. By NO STRETCH of the imagination do we shy away from covering a story for fear of reprisal. Liz Boardman Managing Editor Independent Newspapers" It would seem that you've been caught in a flat out lie here, Lori. Mrs. Boardman was very direct. You did not contact them and they did not say what you are claiming they did. How are we supposed to take you seriously if you can't tell the truth yourself?
Stephen Greenwell August 08, 2012 at 02:04 PM
To clarify a few things - Betty Cotter was the managing editor at the time, with Iain Wilson as the Narragansett reporter. He moved over to South Kingstown when Liz took over as managing editor. However, I doubt he said such a thing either, and Lori did note that she was paraphrasing what she thought to be their stance, although she did use quote marks to do it. Lori, I do live in Narragansett - I have for about a year now. I also lived here for about four years in college. However, you speak of town government and politics as if you're completely divorced from the process. Ultimately, you're a voter (I presume), and if you don't like the status quo, you have the power to change it. As far as the watchdog role of a journalist, that is always a pursuit of ours. However, we have to have at least a shred of credible information to go on, and you being upset with the punishment of a police officer isn't it. I did look at how other towns punish officers who get arrested, and Mr. McGovern didn't seem to get any sort of special treatment. If you want Narragansett to be more strict with police officer punishments than other towns, again, that's something for an advocacy group or town government to take up, not the local newspapers and journalists.
lori arnold August 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I didn't lie for goodness sakes.. I did speak to a 'male', but not who u sppoke to Ted.. Nice, Ted, really nice.. You call papers to track what I say, like a stalker, yet you blow off what cops do breaking important laws and keeping their jobs. Thats pretty creepy... Mr Greenwell, yea I hear you and thank you for keeping an open mind .Thank you also for the good advise


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