State Police have announced the arrest of a North Providence woman who allegedly displayed a handgun during a road rage incident on Route 146 in North Providence Wednesday night.
Valerie Arce, age 26, of 2 Atwood Ave., North Providence, was charged with not having a license or permit required for carrying a pistol and disorderly conduct (fighting/tumultuous behavior). She was processed and arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released pending further court action.
The arrest stemmed from an incident reported about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night when a Scituate resident called 911 to report that she was the victim of a road rage incident involving a gun on the off-ramp from the northbound lanes of Route 146 to Mineral Spring Avenue.
The victim said she was trying to merge onto the exit ramp when the operator of a black SUV traveling in front of her repeatedly stepped on the brakes and allegedly waved a gun out the car window. The operator of the SUV then pulled alongside the victim’s car and momentarily stopped, again allegedly displaying the handgun before driving off. No shots were fired.
The victim provided a description of the SUV and the license plate number. Troopers notified police in surrounding communities. At approximately 8 p.m., North Providence police located the SUV in front of Arce’s home at 2 Atwood Ave. and notified troopers, who responded to that location.
Troopers arrested Arce without incident and seized a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine from her vehicle.