Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jerrica RUIZ-CRIBBS (OUI Liquor, Alcohol from Open Container in MV)

On Sunday September 20, 2020 at 4:05 AM, I, Officer Hartsgrove, was dispatched to the area of 7 Union Sq for a report of a female behind the wheel in the middle of the road. Officer Johnson responded as back up.

Upon arrival, I noticed a white SUV stopped in the middle of Union Sq in the travel lane. Union Sq is a public way in the city of Somerville. As I approached the vehicle it was running and the female inside was unresponsive, but I could tell she was breathing due to her chest rise. I was able to reach inside the vehicle and turn it off. This vehicle was a push to start/stop. I then began trying to wake this female up later identified as Jerrica Ruiz-Cribbs. I called for EMS due to her condition. Eventually, Officer Johnson and I were able to wake her up. Jerrica was incoherent and could not produce words, just mumbles. Earlier when I reached inside the vehicle, I noticed an empty 200ml bottle of Hennessy on the backseat floor. While waiting for EMS, I queried MA registration XXXX. This is the plate on the white SUV. It came back active to a 2017 Nissan Rogue color white and the owner was Jerrica Ruiz-Cribbs, also active status.

Once EMS arrived Jerrica was alert and able to speak with us. We told her how she was found and she stated that it wasn’t true. We suggested that she should be checked out due to the condition we found her but she refused. We asked if she had any illness or disease that would cause her to become unresponsive and she stated that she, “maybe had too much to drink.” She also said she did the right thing by pulling over to the side. We explained to her that she was in the middle of a travel lane.

I then asked Jerrica if she would be willing to take a field sobriety test. She ignored me and said that I was being mean. I asked again if she would take a field sobriety test. She again ignored me, began to cry and told me I was being mean. I asked a third time if she would take a field sobriety test. This time she answered and said she couldn’t because she would fail. I allowed Jerrica to make a phone call so someone could take possession of her vehicle instead of being towed. Her boyfriend agreed and arrived later to retrieve the vehicle.

At this time I told Jerrica that I was placing her under arrest for OUI liquor having an open container of alcohol. She was placed into handcuffs without incident and transported to the station by the mobile detention unit. She was booked by Sgt. Anderson in the usual manner.

During the booking process, Officer Bork told me that Jerrica was saying that she could not do the breathalyzer because she knew that she would fail. Officer Bork also could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Jerrica. Jerrica was given Miranda warnings and told that she was being audio and visually recorded, and made statements of her intoxication of alcohol on camera. Jerrica did eventually refuse the breathalyzer.

Jerrica was issued MA uniform citation T1313777 for OUI liquor and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. A copy was put in her property.


Officer Hartsgrove

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