Police Break Up Party, Girl Found at House After Extensive Search

The following incident was reported by the Middletown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


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When police broke up a party at 468 Purgatory Road late last night, the Middletown Police and Fire Departments conducted a search for a girl that had reportedly fled from the scene.   After looking for the girl with personnel and equipment such as night goggles and thermal imaging, she was found hiding at the house. 

Around 11:27 p.m. Tuesday night, police responded to Purgatory Road for a complaint of a loud party.  Police said the individuals at the house were under-21 and most appeared to be intoxicated.   

Police said three teenage girls were instructed to sit down on the porch, but two ran off into the brush.  Police said the other individuals at the house were cited for consumption by a minor, including 20 year-old Gordon Wallace, who told police the house belonged to his father who was in New York.

Police Begin Search

After clearing the residence, police checked the area for the girls who ran into the brush.  Police said they stopped a Ford Expedition; the passenger was one of the girls who fled the scene.  She was identified as an 18 year-old woman from East Greenwich.  Police said she was intoxicated and covered in cuts and scratches from the brush. She was also cited for consumption by a minor.

Police said she called her boyfriend for a ride. When he arrived, she was stuck in the brush and required assistance to get free, said police.  When asked about the other girl, she reportedly told police they got separated somewhere in the brush.

Police returned back to the house and asked Wallace if he knew the location of the missing girl. He allegedly told police she made it home to East Greenwich; but he was unable to verify or provide details.  Police called the Middletown Fire Department to assist in the search for the missing girl.

The fire department used thermal imaging of the brush area.  Fire Chief Ronald Doire accompanied police back to the house to ask Wallace about the missing girl.  Police said he was evasive in answering questions, but he asserted she was safe at home in East Greenwich

East Greenwich Police were contacted to send a cruiser to her parent’s house to verify. Meanwhile, firefighters entered the brush area to search for the teenage girl.  

Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes in Search Area

As the departments continued to search the area of Purgatory Road and Sachuest Point Road, a car reportedly crashed into the guardrail and stopped approximately 25 feet from an officer.   The driver, 25 year-old Patrice Kathleen Dunne, of 4 Pippin Rd., reportedly said she was looking at the waves but saw cruiser headlights in front of her.   

Dunne was allegedly intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.  She was brought to Newport Hospital.

Girl is Found Back at House and Wallace Arrested

 The search was unable to locate the missing girl, so police responded back to the house on Purgatory Road.   Police said they explained to Wallace the amount of resources that were being used to locate the girl.   Police said Wallace finally admitted the girl was in the house and brought her out.

Wallace was arrested for obstructing an officer in execution of duty.


[editor's note: This article has been updated to correct incomplete information.  The drivers complete name is Patrice Kathleen Dunne, not Kathleen Dunne as originally published]

An Islander August 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
"Equipment such as night goggles and thermal imaging" to find a drunk teenager?...seriously? What's next...Black Hawk helicopters in the battle against ding-dong-ditch?
Mendacium August 31, 2012 at 01:00 AM
And if this drunk girl died in the brush after passing out and choking on her own vomit, everyone would be screaming how the police didn't do enough. Monday morning quarterbacks...Iwould want my kids searched for.
larry kelly August 31, 2012 at 01:45 PM
To: An Islander Typical ignorant response. I could only imagine what your post would be if it was one of your family memebers they were looking for.
An Islander August 31, 2012 at 02:15 PM
For the record, it was Thursday morning. And it would be more interesting if she died choking on someone else's vomit. In all seriousness, when I was a teenager I once drank a little too much at a party in Newport and had to walk back to my home in Middletown. A Middletown policeman drove by me, stopped, and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was at a party in Newport and I was just walking home...I was obviously drunk and he knew it. But he didn't arrest me for public intoxication, he didn't call my parents, he didn't cite me, and he definitely didn't make me run and then put his thermal imaging gear on to hunt me down. Do you know what he did? He gave me a ride home....and I appreciated it. That's a good cop....simple as that. And be real Mendacium...if that is indeed your REAL name...if some teenage kid got themselves into trouble after drinking a little too much Peachtree Schnapps nobody would be blaming the cops. But maybe, just maaaaaayyyyybe this is a sign of the Middletown Police Department having a few too many cops with just not that much to do. For the record, Police Department Salaries: 2012 :: $2,288,817 2013 (budgeted) :: $2,649,519 And though I was drunk all through High School Math, even I know that that's a whopping 15% increase. Everyone, raise your hand if you got a 15% raise last year. Anyone?......Anyone?
Mendacium August 31, 2012 at 06:54 PM
So by you're logic, an islander (definitely your real name), we should cut the police force and ignore drunk teens running around town? I guess we can just go out and shoo the kids along with a broom when they are throwing up on our lawns and the police tell us that their one officer on the road is busy police. Maybe you can just post your number up here and anyone that had been drinking can call you for a ride home. So in summary, islander would like to cut the police force and have the remaining officers serve as a free Shuttle for drunk teens. I would never have guessed you drank your way through high school...never
An Islander August 31, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I'm sure way back in the day, even you and your chums went down to the ol' barrel house, had a jorum of skee or two and went off on the occasional toot. Maybe rolled up some Indian Hop and passed it around even. And all this during prohibition, you scoundrel. As a matter of fact, when it comes to underage drinking I'm willing to wager that you were the bees knees!
cindi souza September 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
2 many cops?????? are you kidding me? You should thank your lucky stars if you have 2 many cops! Seeing that you will most likely go thur Middletown to get out of Newport , I don't think you have enough cops. The trash that comes out of Newport puts the people of Middletown in danger. It's your 2 many cops that keep you safe. Try living in New York ,I bet you wouldn't think there was to many cops. You would be wondering where the cops are.
sarah September 05, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I think" an islander" is a little jealous he didn't attend college to become a police officer.
An Islander September 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Wait...since when do you need to attend college to become a police officer? I thought you just had to study "Criminal Justice" for a couple of months at night school, and then of course know the right people, to earn your "qualifications". Sara, I have to believe your smarter than your statement. Do you also believe that the guy mowing the high school lawn has a PHD in lawn sciences? And I don't think anyone would be jealous to have a job who's primary responsibility is hunting for drunk teenagers hiding in bushes around a small beach town. Kind of embarrassing actually. I will give agree with you on one point though...I AM jealous of the ridiculous pensions and out-of-touch annual pay increases..which are never questioned because of the political incorrect-ness to do so.
An Islander September 05, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Cindi...you're right...we need to hire more cops to patrol the mean streets of Middletown, RI. Are you honestly comparing being a NYC police officer with being a Middletown, RI police officer? Middletown PD should be taking notes. With the blind support you obviously have here...why stop at a 15% pay increase? Shoot for the stars next year and give yourselves bigger raises. Nobody. Will. Question. You.
cindi souza September 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Islander...really ??? It was the BUDGET sent for the year! You really believe a 15% increase happened? As far as me " honestly comparing being a NYC police officer with being a Middletown, RI police officer?" I never said that! What I did say is you should be thanking your luck stars you have the police you have ,they will come running when you need them . You would have to wonder in NY when they might show up! Thats what I ment .It seems to me you are bored in your sleepy little town.Oh and BTW you really do need to go to college or serve your country to get a police job. Its not who you know any longer.
sarah September 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
An islander before making a comment you should have done a little research on job requirements.... And stop insulting the police
cindi souza September 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Sarah ,I agree with you...I for one am done with this person ! Hope he never needs any help from the over paid police...


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