Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (OUI Liquor) Arrest

On 05/27/2022, I, Officer Christopher Collette was assigned to Somerville marked unit West Seven. At approximately 03:14 hours, Officer Dell’Isola advised Somerville Control that he had been flagged down in regards to a motor vehicle stopped on Paulina St. where it intersects Broadway. I recognized this location as within my assigned area of patrol and I made my way to the scene.

While I was en route, Officer Dell’Isola advised Somerville Control that he observed a male “Passed out” inside the vehicle. Officer Sullivan responded to the scene as well. Once on scene, I observed Officer Dell’Isola speaking to a lone male that was in the driver’s seat of a Toyota Corolla. I observed that the vehicle was in the travel lane of Paulina St. which is a public way. The male was later identified as Valentini Bonhomme. I observed Mr. Bonhomme rummaging through his belongings in an attempt to locate his registration, as Officer Dell’Isola had requested.
I then spoke to Mr. Bonhomme. I asked him who the car belonged to. He told me that it was his. As I spoke with him, I noticed that his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy. I then moved in closer and asked him where he was headed. He answered by saying that he lives in Cambridge. I again asked where he was headed. He repeated that he lives in Cambridge and that he was going home. I asked him where he was coming from and he said he was driving. I found that Mr. Bonhomme’s response to my questions were delayed. I believed he was under the influence of some substance. I asked him how much he had to drink. He stated he had not been drinking. I asked him if he had consumed any drugs. He stated that he had not consumed any drugs. I then asked Mr. Bonhomme to step out of his vehicle so I could continue my investigation.
As Mr. Bonhomme opened the door while he stepped out of the vehicle, I observed a can of Bud Lite in the cup rest of the driver’s side door panel. I again asked Mr. Bonhomme if he had been drinking. He again denied it. Now as I spoke with him, I could smell an odor consistent with that of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person. At this point I advised Mr. Bonhomme that I believed that he was intoxicated, and I was going to administer Field Sobriety Testing. Mr. Bonhomme then asked me if he had consented to the SFSTs. I advised him that his consent was not necessary as my request for him to perform SFSTs was a lawful order. I then asked Mr. Bonhomme to follow Officer Dell’Isola and I to a well lit area of the street. While Mr. Bonhomme did so, I observed him to walk with an unsteady gait.
Once we were in a well lit area, I advised Mr. Bonhomme of the first test I would be administering, The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test or HGN. This test detects Nystagmus, which is the involuntary jerking of the eyes that can result from alcohol intoxication. Before I began the test I asked Mr. Bonhomme if he suffered from any medical conditions. He stated that he did not. I asked him if he wore glasses or contact lenses. He stated that he did not. I then began the test. I advised Mr. Bonhomme to follow the point of my pen using only his eyes. I advised him not to move his head while tracking the movement of the pen. As I administered this test, I observed that Mr. Bonhomme had a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes while following the pen. This indicated two clues of impairment. Also in both eyes, I observed sustained and distinct Nystagmus at maximum deviation. This indicated another two clues of impairment for a total of four clues. The results indicated that Mr. Bonhomme was impaired.
I then advised Mr. Bonhomme that I would be demonstrating the next test. I began to demonstrate the One Leg Stand. Mr. Bonhomme moved as he were going to begin, and then stopped. He again questioned what the test was for. I believed that Mr. Bonhomme was either unable or unwilling to follow the instructions as I gave them. Based on my observations of Mr. Bonhomme having an unsteady gait, an odor consistent with that of an alcoholic beverage emanating from him, glassy eyes, slurred speech, and the four clues of impairment as a result of the HGN testing, I believed that Mr. Bonhomme was under the influence of liquor. I placed him under arrest for OUI 90/24/J.
I performed a search incident to arrest on Mr. Bonhomme’s vehicle. I inspected the opened Bud Lite can that was in the driver’s side door. I felt that the can was cold, about one third to one half full, and I could hear the effervescence of the carbonation. Pats Towing arrived on scene and removed the vehicle from the roadway. Mr. Bonhomme was transported to SPD headquarters and booked by Lt. Shackelford.
Officer Dell’Isola advised me of his interaction with Mr. Bonhomme when he first arrived on scene. Officer Dell’Isola arrived on scene to find Mr. Bonhomme’s vehicle in the travel lane, and running. Mr. Bonhomme was asleep and reclined in the driver’s seat. He was only roused after several strong knocks at the driver’s side window. Officer Dell’Isola advised Mr. Bonhomme to place the vehicle in park, and turn off the ignition. Mr. Bonhomme complied. Officer Dell’Isola advised me that starting from his initial contact with Bonhomme, he detected an odor consistent with that of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person.
I issued MA Citation #T1824674 to Mr. Bonhomme, for OUI Liquor 90/24/J. I placed the citation with property collected at booking.

Respectfully submitted,

Patrolman Christopher Collette, B#302

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