Real Life Somerville Police Stories:OUI Liquor Arrest

   
 
On December 22, 2015, I Officer Prophete and Officer Gardner, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser West 6. At 1728 hours, I along with West 7 (Officer Collazo), responded to the area of 132 College Avenue, Which is a public way in the city Of Somerville for the report of an Motor Vehicle Accident and that one of the operators where trying to leave the scene. Upon arrival, I observed an Audi coup on the side of College Avenue with some heavy front end damage. Once I stepped out of my cruiser, I was greeted by XXXXX who began pointing to a female who was standing on the sidewalk of College Avenue. I then asked how many people were involved in the accident and XXXXX who is the owner of the parked vehicle (Toyota Rav4), advised me that he witnessed the whole accident and the female who was standing on the sidewalk, crashed into his parked car and that no one else was involved.

 

        I then walked over to the female Identified as Allen, Mary to check her condition. I asked Ms. Allen if she needed any medical attention, to which she declined. I asked Ms. Allen what happened. Ms. Allen advised me that she was unsure. As I was speaking to Ms. Allen I could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath and her eyes where dilated and glassy. Ms. Allen was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech when asked about the smell of alcohol coming from her vehicle. I then queried regarding the status Ms. Allen Mass Drivers license, and the results of my query showed that Ms. Allen Mass driver license has a Z restriction. I asked Ms. Allen if she had been drinking tonight and she did not reply.

 

        I walked over to XXXXX to ask him what he witnessed. XXXXX advised me that he was standing in front 132 College Avenue when he observed Ms. Allen crash into the side of his vehicle, which was parked across 132 College Avenue. XXXXX then advised me that he witnessed Ms. Allen throw away a bottle into a public trash can on the public sidewalk. XXXXX then advised me that he stopped Ms. Allen, preventing her from leaving the scene because he had smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Ms.Allen and did not want her to drive off do to the fact that she had a child in the vehicle with her. I observed an empty bottle on the floor of Ms. Allen vehicle. I proceed to recover the other bottle that was thrown away. The bottle was in a brown paper bag along with a prescription in Ms. Allen’s name.

 

        At this point, I ask Ms. Allen if she had any family to pick up the child. Ms. Allen placed a call to a family member who picked the child up at the scene. Ms. Allen was placed under arrest for the charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating motor vehicle without an ignition interlock and child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Marked transport unit #200 was requested to transport Ms. Allen back to the Somerville Police Station so that she can be processed according to department procedure by Lt. A. Rymill. Ms. Allen’s vehicle was towed privately by Triple A Towing and a MA uniform citation (#R6615569) was issued to Ms. Allen for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating motor vehicle without with an ignition interlock and child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. A Field sobriety testing was not done at the scene because of the heavy pedestrian traffic and the uneven sidewalks. Once we arrived at the station I did offer Ms. Allen the chance to take a Field sobriety test to which she declined both Field sobriety test and the breath test.

 

Respectfully submitted

Frandiane Prophete #332

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