Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Eladio FIGUEROA (OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense & Open Container in MV)

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 while working full uniform patrol for the Alpha Unit, I (Officer Patrick Canty) was dispatched along with my partner (Officer Devin Schneider), to the intersection of Grand Union Boulevard and Mystic Avenue for a report of a male passed out behind the wheel. Upon arrival, we spoke with a Boston Fire Engine Company that was on routine patrol and was flagged down by concerned citizens. The Firefighters told us it took them numerous attempts to wake up the driver. Officer Derrick Dottin also arrived on scene to provide back up.

 

As we made contact with the driver, identified as ELADIO FIGUEROA, he immediately stated to Officer Schneider, I’m just f***ing shit faced, it’s no big deal”. I asked Mr. Figueroa if he had his driver’s license on him, and he replied yes. I could immediately detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. I would also like to note that Mr. Figueroa’s eyes were very red and glossy. Mr. Figueroa then took several minutes fumbling through his pockets. He finally pulled out his cigarettes and handed them to me. I explained to Mr. Figueroa that these were not his driver’s license and he replied “well you f***ing find it then”. He then said, It’s in the car somewhere, search the f***ing car”. I complied with his request, and proceeded to look for his license in his vehicle.

 

I could not find his driver’s license, however, under his driver’s seat was a large steak knife. In plain view on the center console was a small bottle of Hennessey(Cognac) that appeared to be about half full. Also on the passenger side floor board was an open case of Corona with multiple bottles missing. Officer Dottin informed me that there was also an empty bottle of Corona on the back passenger side floor. After further inspection, the bottle was still cold, and the beer that was still inside the bottle was filled with bubbles. This led Officers to believe that the beer had been consumed very recently.

 

I approached Mr. Figueroa and noticed he had a small scrape under his right eye that was starting to swell. I asked Mr. Figueroa if he would like medical attention for his injury and he stated, “No, I just got in a fight mother f***er, I don’t like that shit, I’m going to get a gun to shoot that mother f***er”. Officer Schneider asked Mr. Figueroa if he had a gun, and he replied “Yup around here somewhere”. Officer Dottin and I then conducted a more thorough search of the vehicle and did not find a Gun. While Officers were looking, Mr. Figueroa stated There’s nothing in there, it’s in Charlestown”.

 

Officer Schneider is ARIDE certified and asked Mr. Figueroa if he would be willing to provide field sobriety tests, Mr. Figueroa stated, “I just drank too much, and it’s not a big deal. Just take me home”. Again Officer Schneider asked him to perform field sobriety tests, and Mr. Figueroa stated he would. As Officer Schneider attempted to take Mr. Figueroa to a flat well lit area, Mr. Figueroa was wobbly on his feet, and almost fell numerous times, in fact Officer Schneider needed to hold Mr. Figueroa up so he would not fall. Based on Officer Schneider’s training in ARIDE and experience in conducting numerous field sobriety tests, he determined that Mr. Figueroa was too intoxicated to perform the tests.

 

We placed Mr. Figueroa in hand cuffs (double locked) and informed him he was under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of intoxicating liquor. We called for the transport wagon, unit 200, and Mr. Figueroa was transported to the Somerville Police station by Officer Robert Hartsgrove. Once at the booking window, the Commander, Lt. William Rymill, attempted to book him in the usual manner, per departmental policy. Mr. Figueroa was uncooperative.

 

Officer Schneider attempted to conduct the breathalyzer test, to which Mr. Figueroa consented to. Mr. Figueroa would not comply with test instructions, and began to belch and hiccup. Officer Schneider stop testing, and Officer Hartsgrove watched over Mr. Figueroa for 15 minutes. After the 15 minute time period was up, Officer Schneider again attempted to conduct the Breathalyzer test. Mr. Figueroa again would not comply with test instructions, and ultimately refused to take the test. His driver’s license was confiscated.

 

Lt. Rymill again attempted to book Mr. Figueroa, however Mr. Figueroa again was uncooperative and refused to be booked. He was placed in a cell in order to calm down. At the time of concluding this arrest report, Mr. Figueroa was still awaiting booking.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Officer Patrick Canty 306

 

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