On May 6, 2017, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty, and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 10:09pm, I was dispatched along with Officer Joe Moreira (E4) to the intersection of Broadway and McGrath Highway for a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. Witnesses reported to Somerville 9-1-1 that a truck lost control, struck the guardrail, and the operator was attempting to leave the scene. All streets listed in this report are public ways in the city of Somerville.
Upon arrival I located a black Chevrolet pickup bearing Massachusetts registration XXXXX sideways across McGrath Highway against the curb alongside the Dunkin Donuts. Numerous witnesses (identified as YYYYY, ZZZZZ & AAAAA) pointed to a white male standing outside the truck and informed me that he was the operator. Witnesses stated the operator accelerated to the point where the tires were no longer in traction with the road on McGrath Highway operating southbound across Broadway. The truck then spun across the roadway where it struck the guard rail separating Edmands St from McGrath Highway. The truck then proceeded to drive northbound in the southbound lane of McGrath Highway where it veered off the roadway striking the curb alongside the Dunkin Donuts, where it was finally rendered inoperable. Both front and side air bags were deployed inside the vehicle.
I spoke with Carl Cordeiro, who admitted to being the operator of the truck. Cordeiro stated he was on his way back from fishing in Malden when he lost control and struck the guard rail. While speaking with Cordeiro, I observed his eyes to be red and glassy, and he was very unsteady on his feet. As I spoke with him, I detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. Cordeiro stated he was not injured, and denied any medical attention. Cordeiro agreed to perform field sobriety tests, and we walked in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts.
I found a level parking spot, with a painted yellow stripe, under a street light to perform the tests. The first test I administered was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. I read the instructions from the printed card I keep with me. Cordeiro stated he took a Klonopin and ibuprofen around 5:00pm. He also drank six 12oz Bud Light beer cans. I performed the test and observed lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, Nystagmus in his left eye prior to 45 degrees, and distinct and sustained Nystagmus at maximum deviation. A total of five clues were observed resulting in a failure.
I then read Cordeiro the One Leg Stand instructions. Cordeiro stated he had previously injured his right leg, and for this test he utilized his left leg. After stating he understood the directions, Cordeiro began counting at 1002, and lost his balance after three seconds, falling to his left. I allowed him to restart the test, and Cordeiro lost his balance after one second, falling to his right. The test was then terminated for safety concerns, and it was deemed a failure.
I then instructed Cordeiro on how to perform the walk and turn test. Cordeiro had a difficult time placing his right foot in front of his left foot. After approximately 15 seconds, Cordeiro had his feet correctly placed on the line, but was unable to lower his arms without falling. Once he was instructed to begin, his arms were raised perpendicular to the ground for the entire test. Cordeiro stepped off line on steps 3 and 6 during the first 9 steps, and stepped off line on the 1st step returning. Cordeiro also took 12 steps on the return trip. This test was deemed a failure.
Before placing him into handcuffs I asked Cordeiro if he knew what day it was, to which he stated it was Thursday (It was Saturday). I asked him if he knew what time it was, to which he answered 11:00pm (it was 10:20pm). I then asked him if he knew who the president of the United States was, to which he replied “Obama, unfortunately”. Cordeiro was then informed he was being placed under arrest for OUI (2nd Offense), and Negligent Operation.
Officer Desrochers transported Cordeiro in unit 200 to the station, where he was booked by LT. Diogo deOliveira. Cordeiro’s truck was towed by Pat’s to their yard. I was able to speak with BBBBB, who was the passenger in the truck during the accident. BBBBB stated he and Cordeiro were coming from the Fellsmere Pond in Malden where they were fishing. BBBBB stated he and Cordeiro consumed numerous alcoholic beverages while fishing. During an inventory of the truck, numerous empty containers of vodka and beer were located.
A crash report will also be filed. Cordeiro was transported to the Massachusetts State Police Medford barracks to take the breathalyzer. The results can be found in Lt. deOliveira’s supplemental report.
Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.