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Middletown Arrests: Man Allegedly Offers Police $100 to Let Him Go

The following information is based on Middletown Police Department arrest reports and does not indicate any convictions.

Man Allegedly Evades Cab Fare, Then Offers $100 to Police

Joseph Tomanovich, of 766 Indian Ave., was arrested on Saturday, April 21, around 12:42 a.m. on charges of pay evasion of fare, disorderly conduct and bribery of an agent.


Police were dispatched to the residence when a cab driver called police after 21-year-old Tomanovich allegedly got into a verbal argument with the driver, attempted to run away after he refused to pay the fare and then passed out on a lawn.  

Tomanovich was reportedly in front of Fastnet Pub in Newport when another individual flagged down a cab and asked the driver to take him home. Tomanovich reportedly told the driver he lived at 366 Indian Ave., but when they got to the area, the driver said the address did not exist.

After a few trips up and down the street, the driver reported that he stopped and asked Tomanovich where he was going. He drove up and down the street several more times, before Tomanvich told the driver he lived at 766 Indian Ave.  

According to the police reports, Tomanovich yelled for the driver to just to stop at 677 Indian Ave. When the driver asked for the fare, Tomanovich allegedly yelled and swore at the driver and got out of the car.

He reportedly argued that he was not going to pay because he did not even take the cab home, and that he had walked to the address. He then reportedly ran south on Indian Avenue.

The driver found Tomanovich passed out on the lawn two houses south and called police.

Police said when they arrived, Tomanovich was intoxicated could not tell the officer where he was, where he was going or where he lived. Police said he then began to swear in resposne to the officer's questions. The driver told police he would like to press charges for evading a fare.

On the way to the station, Tomanovich  reportedly told officers, “You cannot arrest me because you’re not a real cop.”   

During processing, police counted $160 in Tomanovich’s wallet. He allegedly told officers, “If you let me go I will give you $100.”  When asked to repeat what he had just said, Tomanovich allegedly said if they would “just let this one thing slide,” he would give them $100.     

Police added the bribery of an agent charge to his arrest, which is a felony.  

Drug Possession

Police arrested Andrew Lopes of 471B Hosmer St, Marlborough, MA, on Saturday, April 21, at approximately 2:20 a.m. on a felony possession of drugs charge. Police reported they approached Lopes' vehicle near the entrance of the Wildlife Refuge. A search of the car reportedly turned up marijuana, amphetamines and a scale.

Domestic Vandalism

Michael Ford, of 30 Rogers Ln. was arrested on Monday, April 23, at approximately 10:41 p.m. on a misdemeanor domestic vandalism charge.  

On Friday night, 24-year-old Ford allegedly broke a phone and several items in his mother’s house after his mother told him she did not want him talking to a girl she did not approve of with her telephone. When Ford left her residence, the 44 year-old woman was unable to call police because her phone had reportedly been thrown against the wall.

She ran outside and flagged a vehicle to call for help.  Police were unable to find Ford at that time.

On Monday night, they pulled over a vehicle he was driving because it was missing its rear license plate. After a routine check, they arrested Ford under the active warrant. 

Neil Ansucket April 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
So the drunk guy calls a cab and being resposible, then the cab driver can't take him home? There is no safety in drinking. So legalize it.
Neil Ansucket April 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Lesson learned: Don't bribe an officer. They are going to get more out of you in the court system, they don't want your measly amount of money. Next time try $1,000.
Neil Ansucket April 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Why are the prisons filling up with drug offenses? If they are harming no one, So What. It's there body, let them ruin there health on drugs. Of course Pot has many health benifits, so what's the issue. Then Amphetime Salts, so what. It's used for HDHD, depression, weight loss, ect. keep in mind, the more people in prison, the more taxes we pay, and more profit for the people who have Stocks in the prison system, and guess you those people are.
ralph April 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Kind of foolish I think on the police to tack on a charge of a bribe. I mean obviously, he was so intoxicated that he wasn't in his right mind. Let him face the charge of skipping out on the fare. It will teach this light weight not to get so intoxicated. Police some times have to use disgression on what charges to levy under certain circumstances. Just my take.
ralph April 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
discretion......I meant to write....damn spell check!
Neil Ansucket April 25, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Exactly, Why are there so many arrest in Middletown anyways????? Has our town become a Hi- Crime area??? It seems it has become after the New station was built, then all the new cop cars and new officers and fire trucks, ect. ummmmmmm
Mattytas April 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Cause the drunk jerk could not give the Cab driver a real address.
katie35 May 02, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Neil so what does new cops have anything to do with the idiots at can't follow the law.... They need to own up to there mistakes and not blame it on the police officers that have to babysit them!!!!!
Neil Ansucket May 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Obviously katie you don't understand how this world works. Money is the bottom line. New cops means more salaries,, more money they need so more people get pulled over. Middletown has a reputation of pulling people over for anything, and everything. We also live in a country that when someone gets in a little trouble, we will crush that poor soul to death. Maybe the cab driver is the idiot in this situation, but oh no, the guy is drunk, so lets put ALL the blame on him. If drinking is such a big crime,why do they have bars in the first place. Maybe we should go back in time and make it illegal again, and legalize pot. Oh,but that would ruin things for the higher ups, and no more FOP's with stocked bars......that we pay for.
katie35 May 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
New cops replace the one who retire first thing...... those men and women do a excellent to protect the people in the community end of story..... and if they didn't pull over people like drunk drivers, drug dealers ect...... then people would complain about that too..... they are doing there job just like the rest of the working community
Nukk Void May 16, 2012 at 04:30 AM
And we pay for it in spades. Cops in Middletown make $80K/yr in retirement. That's more than I make in a year working full time. All that money for shaking down drunks? No wonder I cant afford to live here anymore.

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