Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jared ROCKWELL (OUI Drugs)

On 06/08/2018, while in full uniform and assigned to marked unit East 2, I was dispatched to 701 Somerville Ave (A public way in the City of Somerville) for a motor vehicle accident.

Upon my arrival, I saw two vehicles involved in head on collision.  The operator of one of the vehicles was outside of her vehicle and was identified to be XXXX.  Ms.XXXX, stated the other vehicle came into her travelling lane and crashed head-on with her vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle in question was slouched over the steering wheel as I approached the vehicle.  The male would later be identified as Jared Rockwell.  Mr.Rockwell seemed to be sleeping and was startled when I spoke to him.  I noticed his pupils were pinpointed and he spoke in a very slow manner.  There was no smell of alcohol emanating from his person, however, his speech was impaired and Mr.Rockwell was unable to speak in full sentences. Mr.Rockwell would also pause in mid-sentence and almost seemed to fall asleep when trying to communicate with me.

Mr.Rockwell denied any injuries when I asked and he would later refuse medical attention from Cataldo Ambulance and also refused to be transported to the hospital. After being cleared medically, I began the field sobriety test.  I asked Mr.Rockwell if he had taken any prescription medication and he stated Adderall and mumbled something incoherent. I then asked if he would agree to do some field sobriety tests and he agreed. I asked If he had any problems with his legs, knees, hips, or anything that would prevent him from using his legs. Mr. Rockwell responded he had an old injury on his right leg from 2015. I asked if there was a medical condition I should be aware of, that would interfere with conducting a series of field sobriety tests and Mr. Rockwell said, “no”. I began the field sobriety test with the walk and turn test.  I demonstrated the Walk and Turn prior to Mr. Rockwell performing the test. The walk and turn test, Mr. Rockwell failed by not maintaining heel toe contact, using his arms for balance, stumbling twice on his first attempt.  There was a moment during the test, Mr. Rockwell fell asleep, while standing.  This test was attempted by Mr. Rockwell three times and failed the three attempts.  I was concerned for his safety, I decided to stop the field sobriety test and sat Mr. Rockwell on the curb.

Subsequently, Mr. Rockwell was placed under arrest for OUI – Drugs.  Mr. Rockwell was transported to police headquarters via 200, for booking.

Respectfully submitted,

Ofc Ramirez, Jose #259

Somerville Police Dept.

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