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Drunk Driving in the News

There’s a great site that accumulated reporting from around Massachusetts, including crime reporting. At Metro West Daily News, even incidents in small towns get mentioned.

For example, after a road-rage face off, a Hopkinton man was arrested and now has to go to court for what might turn out to be his third drunken conviction. Henry Eric Thomas came to police attention after a near miss with another vehicle. He got out and was allegedly yelling at the other driver. Police say he refused field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer. Previous charges for drunk driving in the 90’s came up on his record.

The news report says Thomas has pleaded not guilty to the drunk driving charge and is out on bail.

In Westborough, a student from Westborough High faces drug and alcohol charges after banned substances were found in his car. A search turned up marijuana and alcohol. Teens can be charged with transporting alcoholic beverages and in this case, because the arrest was made on school grounds, additional charges can be added for possession in a school zone.

According to reports, the student was seen with others going to his car multiple times and a school employee said they smelled marijuana. Cops were called and saw a grinder, used to prepare marijuana for smoking, in the car. This was enough probable cause to initiate a search, but they used a drug dog as well. The dog alerted, giving even more probable cause. The police allegedly found drug paraphernalia: “a scale, a bong, glass pipes, 4 grams of marijuana and several empty baggies.” These are all indicative of someone selling marijuana. Vodka and tequila were also seized.

Neither of the above arrests have resulted in a conviction yet, and both parties are considered innocent until that happens.

The take-home message is that even in our small towns, police are making arrests every day for drug and alcohol abuse or possession. These reports ought to be passed around to those who might be tempted and think, incorrectly, “It can’t happen to me.”

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