Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Blais Arrest

At approximately 5:17 pm I was contacted by Officer Pasqualino (East-3), who informed me that he had witnessed a female in the municipal parking lot located at the intersection of Broadway and Medford Street. This
municipal lot is a public way in the city of Somerville. Officer Pasqualino stated that the female was slumped over the passenger seat, and described her as “nodding.” Based on the description Officer Pasqualino gave me, I believed the behavior of the female to be: Ptosis, a symptom that I know, based training and experience, to be associated with the use of narcotic analgesics. I would note, that my presence was requested due to my certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, as well as Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

I approached the operator of the vehicle, a silver Pontiac Grand AM, with Ofc. Pasqualino. I explained to the female operator what Ofc. Pasqualino had observed, and asked if she was okay to drive. The female exited her vehicle of her own accord, and stated that she was tired from working all day, and denied being slumped over the passenger seat of her vehicle. I asked the operator where she was coming from and she stated that she had just driven from work. I asked the operator if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and she stated no. I asked the operator who owned the vehicle and she stated it was her daughter’s car.

I asked the to see the operator’s driver’s license, and she stated that she did not have her ID on her, but could provide me with her name and date of birth. She stated that her name was Alexis, and her date of birth was 5/31/1994. I estimated the operator’s age based on her appearance to be in her mid 40’s to early 50’s. I asked the operator to confirm her date of birth three times, and each time she stated that it was 5/31/1994. I asked the operator if she was 20 years old and she stated yes. I reminded the operator that she had stated that the vehicle was her daughters, and that a person who was twenty years old typically does not have a daughter old enough to own a motor vehicle. She then stated that she had lied about her name, and her real name was Lynn Blais. I asked Blais why she had lied about her name, she stated that her license was suspended and that the name she provided me with was her daughters. I relayed her information to Somerville Control via radio, who confirmed her license status as being suspended.

I asked Blais again if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and she stated that other than her prescribed Methadone that she took at 9:30 am, she was not. I know based on my training and experience, that the effects of Methadone can last up to 24 hours. I asked Blais if she was willing to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests, and she stated she was.
Based upon the array of standardized field sobriety tests along with Blais’s statements, I formed the opinion that Blais had been operating her vehicle while impaired under the influence of a central nervous system depressant.

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