Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Robert LEBLANC (OUI Liquor)

On Monday, February 7, 2022, at approximately 1:20 A.M., Somerville Police control received a call from Sergeant Eli Kim (S-9) for a check condition at Elm St. and Mossland St. Sgt. Kim observed a vehicle at this intersection stopped for an extended period of time for at least 3 light cycles. At this point Sgt. Kim honked his horn at the driver operating the vehicle in-front of him, to which resulted in no response.

Following this, Sgt. Kim turned on his blue lights and went over to the driver side window and observed the operator, later identified as a Mr. Robert LEBLANC, hunched over his wheel asleep. After tapping on the wheel and waking LEBLANC up, Sgt. Kim was able to get his proper identification and had LEBLANC turn off his vehicle. It was at this time that Officer Jamey Thompson and myself responded as back-up as the Sector-East cruiser.

Upon arrival Sgt. Kim advised us that he had detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on LEBLANC. LEBLANC had glassy eyes and slurred speech. At this point officers asked LEBLANC to step out of the vehicle and he complied.

While talking to the LEBLANC, we noticed he was unsteady on his feet. When asking the operator where he was coming from, he gave officers different stories several times. At this point, Officer Thompson informed LEBLANC that we would be conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). The SFSTs consisted of the following: horizontal gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the walk-and-turn, and the one-leg stand tests.

For each test prior to be given, LEBLANC was given clear and concise instructions and asked if he understood or had any questions before starting. I would note that before administering the SFSTs, Officer Thompson asked LEBLANC if he had and physical impairments that would hinder him from completing these tests. LEBLANC stated that he did not. During the HGN test he was instructed to follow a pen only with his eyes and not to move his head at any point. LEBLANC stated he understood and when prompted, he immediately moved his head. Officer Thompson stopped the test and performed it another 2 times for a total of 3 HGN tests during which LEBLANC kept moving his head and failing instructions.

The next test was the walk-and-turn where LEBLANC was given clear and concise instructions and asked if he understood or had any questions before starting. The test consisted of 9 steps (heel to toe) in a straight line and on the 9th step to turn around with the back foot planted and continue on with 9 more steps in the same manner. LEBLANC stated he understood and when prompted, he immediately swayed and could not walk straight. It should also be noted that he also did not manage to keep his foot planted on the ground when he was to turn around. It should also be noted that LEBLANC did not follow instructions and started earlier.

The final test that was given was the one-leg stand. LEBLANC was given clear and concise instructions and asked if he understood or had any questions before starting. LEBLANC stated he understood and when prompted, he immediately put his foot down as well as used his arms for balance. During the test he also did not follow instructions and did not count out loud.

Due to his poor performance and all of the clues observed by Officer Thompson and myself, I informed the operator that I was placing him under arrest for OUI liquor and we placed him in handcuffs (double-locked) without incident.

The operator was transported in unit 200 operated by Officer Prophete and was booked by Lieutenant DeOliveira. During the booking process, Lt. DeOliveira advised him of his rights and informed him that he could take a breathalyzer test if he wishes so. LEBLANC stated he wanted too and when he took the test he scored a result of 0.21% blood alcohol content (BAC).

I issued citations # T1824953 to LEBLANC for OUI liquor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Officer Kevin Henriquez #362

Somerville Police Department

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