On Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 10:30 P.M., I responded along with Somerville Fire and Cataldo ambulance to the intersection of Broadway and Wheatland Street for a report of a male passed out behind the wheel, and blocking the entrance of a parking lot.
Upon arrival, I located a red Nissan Maxima, bearing Massachusetts registration XXXXX with the engine running and the driver slumped behind the wheel. I knocked on the driver side window several times to get the operator’s attention. The operator, who was later identified as Manuel Mendez, opened his eyes and appeared to be confused. I asked Mr. Mendez to unlock the doors and it took him approximately two minutes to do so.
I asked Mr. Mendez if he suffered from any medical condition and he replied “No.” I asked him if he knew where he was and he stated “Medford.”
I asked Mr. Mendez to step out of the vehicle. He was unsteady on his feet; his eyes were red and glassy and there was an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. I asked Mr. Mendez if he had consumed any alcohol and he stated “Yes.” I asked him how many drinks he had and he replied “maybe eight.” Mr. Mendez refused to take a field sobriety test.
Based on my observations, I placed Mr. Mendez under arrest for OUI Liquor 2nd Offense, and issued him citation# R7880552.
Mr. Mendez was transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters via unit 200, operated by Officer Desrochers and booked by Lieutenant Lavey.
During the booking process, Lt. Lavey advised Mr. Mendez of his rights, and asked him to submit to a chemical test of his breath to which he agreed. Lt. Vivolo administered the test to Mr. Mendez, with a test result of 0.19% BAC.
Mr. Mendez was issued a notice of suspension for a chemical test failure, and his license was seized.
Officer Samir Messaoudi #312
Somerville Police Dept.