Real Life Somerville Police Stories:OUI Liquor Arrest

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, I Officer Paul Beckford was on duty for the Somerville Police Department for the City of Somerville as patrol unit East 1. At approximately 2:30 AM, I observed a Massachusetts Registration 1BY841 driving the wrong way towards oncoming vehicles on McGrath Hwy. The operator of motor vehicle was driving North on a South bound lane. The operator of the motor vehicle drove over the median, once they noticed that they were going the wrong way. I activated my blue lights and sirens to pull the motor vehicle over.


        The operator of the motor vehicle was identified as Ms. Sarah Whitman. Ms. Whitman stated that she was driving on the wrong side of the McGrath Hwy because she was lost. I asked, Ms. Whitman where she was tonight. She stated that she was at the Burren. The Burren is a bar located in Davis Square. I asked Ms. Whitman if she had any alcoholic beverages at the Burren tonight. Ms. Whitman stated, Yes, just three beers. When speaking with Ms. Whitman, I noticed a strong odder of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. Ms. Whitman’s eyes were very glassy and red.


        I informed, Ms. Whitman that I would like to administer a field sobriety test. Ms. Whitman complied and got out of the motor vehicle. I preformed the field sobriety test on scene. The first test was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). I instructed Ms. Whitman on how to perform the HGN. There was a lack of smooth pursuit, and sustained HGN at maximum deviation. The second field sobriety test I instructed, and demonstrated was the walk and turn. Ms. Whitman was unsteady on her feet. She fell off the line at both 2 and 3. Ms. Whitman did not maintain contact between her heels and her toes. The third field sobriety test that I instructed, and demonstrated was the one leg stand. Ms. Whitman forgot the count numbers 16, 17, and 18.


        Ms. Whitman was placed under arrested and transported to the Somerville Police Station where she was booked, and finger printed. At the station, Ms. Whitman stated that she would like to take a Breathalyzer test. Ms. Whitman took the test, which she blew a 0.12. Ms. Whitman was charged for Operating Under the Influence (OUI), Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle, and Marked Lanes Violation. Ms. Whitman’s motor vehicle was towed by Pats tow because of the location of the motor vehicle.



Respectfully submitted,


Officer Paul Beckford 

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