Real Life Somerville Police Stories: OUI Arrest



On March 15, 2015, I was in uniform and assigned the 12am to 8am shift in marked unit West-7. At 1:21 am, I was dispatched to 201 Holland street, along with Officer Radochia (West-6), for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Sgt. McCain (S-8) also responded to the above location.
Upon arrival, I observed that a Honda Fit, color gray, (Ma reg. 57MW46), had crashed into a bus enclosure. I approached the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Ethan Siegel, to check his condition. Mr. Siegel stated that he was ok, and he declined medical attention. I asked Mr. Siegel where he was coming from, and Mr. Siegel stated that he had come from a bar. As I was speaking to Mr. Siegel I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emantating from his breath. I asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages this evening. Mr. Siegel, who had bloodshot eyes, stated in a slurred manner that he had consumed 4 to 5 alcoholic beverages.
Sgt. McCain instructed Mr. Siegel to step out of the vehicle, to which he complied. Sergeant McCain and I had to help him stand as he was very unsteady on his feet. I asked Mr. Siegel if he could perform some field sobriety tests, to which he declined to do. Mr. Siegel continued to speak to no one in particular in a slurred fashion. Mr. Siegel became belligerent and began yelling, “Take your hands off me, your not my friend.” It was at this time, that I determined Mr. Siegel was operating his motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquors. I placed Mr. Siegel under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. At that time, Cataldo Ambulance arrived and asked Mr. Siegel if he was injured. Although Mr. Siegel had a small cut on his nose and a small bruise on his right cheek, he said he was not hurt and declined medical treatment. Cataldo Ambulance attendants asked him to sign a medical refusal form to which he agreed. When he was presented with the computer screen containing a line the length of the bottom of the computer screen, he stated, “Where do I sign.” He then signed the screen. Marked transport unit #200 was requested to transport Mr. Siegel back to the Somerville Police Station so that he could be processed according to department procedure by Lt. Campbell. Mr. Siegel’s vehicle was towed by Pat’s Tow and a MA uniform citation (#R5799299) was issued to Mr. Siegel for 1) Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and 2) Driving to Endanger.
Officer Costa and I responded to the station to administer field sobriety tests while being audio and video recorded. Officer Costa asked Mr. Siegel to perform the 9 Step Heel to Toe sobriety test and demonstrated it for him. Mr. Siegel took 2 steps and then lost his balance and held onto the evidence window with his left hand. Officer Costa then demonstrated the One-Legged Stand sobriety test for Mr. Siegel. Mr. Siegel stated that he could not perform that test. Officer Costa administered the Horizontal Nystagmus test. This test is used to determine whether or not a person has a high blood alcohol level. A pen is passed across the field of vision from left to right and right to left. This was done to Mr. Siegel. The test indicated that Mr. Siegel’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. This footage can be obtained upon request. Mr. Siegel was afforded a Breathalyzer test to which he refused. Pictures of the scene were taken by Sergeant McCain and will be attached to this report.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ofc. A. Lorenti #322
Somerville Police Department

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