Jul 9 2013

Lowell officer arrested and charged with OUI

Dr. Q

A Lowell police officer was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The officer has been placed on paid leave (Source: The Lowell Sun).

Eric Wayne, 39, who is a Lowell resident, was arrested by Lowell police on July 4 near the intersection of Lawrence and Rogers Street.

The details of his arrest are unclear, but this much is known: There was no accident or personal injury. Wayne was alone in the vehicle.

According to court documents, police Lt. Daniel Larocque, the shift supervisor that day, said that at around noon on July 4, he became involved in an “administrative matter” concerning Wayne. Larocque wrote that after speaking to another officer about the situation, he parked his cruiser at the end of Hanks Street by Rogers Street waiting for Wayne’s white 2013 Land Rover to pass by.

While parked at that location, Larocque wrote in his report that he spotted Wayne’s vehicle turn right on Rogers Street from the other side of Hanks Street. Wayne stopped at a red light, and Larocque pulled up behind him, got out and approached Wayne, telling him to pull into the parking lot of a local liquor store.

Due to the “sensitive nature” of the incident, Larocque asked Wayne to stand near his police cruiser so he could speak to him. During the interaction, Larocque wrote that he could smell alcohol on Wayne’s breath, and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Wayne appeared unsteady on his feet, Larocque said.

“As I continued to speak with him, his talk became irrational at times,” Larocque wrote, describing Wayne’s behavior.

Wayne would be talking about the “administrative matter” he and Larocque were discussing, Larocque wrote, and then Wayne would say he was leaving the department and he was tired of the department watching him.

Larocque had requested that a department Employee Assistance Program officer respond to the scene to speak to Wayne, according to court documents.

Larocque asked Wayne to perform a field sobriety test. Initially, Wayne refused, then he agreed. He failed the tests, Larocque wrote.

Larocque arrested him.

Back at the station, Wayne refused a Breathalyzer test. Under state law, refusing the Breathalyzer test means an automatic 180-day loss of license.

Nov 18 2011

Truro police chief steps down

Dr. Q

Truro Police Chief John Lundborn, who was arrested on drunk driving charges by his own department last month, has resigned, according to the Cape Cod Times. The Truro board of selectmen voted 4-0 Wednesday night to accept Lundborn’s resignation.

The selectment also voted 4-0 to appoint Lt. Kyle Takakjian as the police chief. Takakjian had already been serving as acting chief since Lundborn has been on administrative leave during the investigation into his conduct.

Lundborn had been with the department since 1989, but had only been appointed chief in April of this year. He is currently facing OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle charges after he crashed a police cruiser on the night of October 14. According to a recent Associated Press report, the police cruiser Lundborn destroyed was purchased the day of the crash. It was worth more than $31,000.

Lundborn is currently scheduled for an arraignment on December 6 at the Plymouth District Court.

I’ll post an update about this case as soon as more information becomes available.

WFXT/Fox News 25 has a short news video about this case which can view here:

Nov 14 2011

Lowell officer accused of showing up to work drunk

Dr. Q

The Lowell Sun reports that a Lowell police officer is on paid administrative leave while officers from the department’s Professional Standards Division investigate allegations that he showed up to work drunk on October 27.

The Sun reports that Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee declined to comment on the investigation, but that other sources claim that the subject of the investigation is Officer Michael Sylvester. According to the Sun, other officers noticed that Sylvester appeared drunk just before the department held its morning roll call.

The Sun reports that Sylvester did not drive his police cruiser the day he is accused of showing up to work drunk. Still, if he is actually guilty of drinking before work, it’s possible that he was drinking and driving unless he walked to work, rode a bike, or took public transportation.

In any case, the investigation is likely to be concluded within the next few days. I’ll post an update as soon as the results are publicized.

Nov 13 2011

Framingham police to conduct alcohol stings

Dr. Q

If you own or work at an establishment that serves alcohol in Framingham, you may want to be wary. The MetroWest Daily News (print-edition only) reports that over the next few weeks, police will be conducting stings by sending individuals who are under 21 out to attempt to purchase alcohol.

The Framingham Police Department will be conducting alcohol compliance checks in the upcoming weeks.

An underage person, working with the police department, will be sent into businesses licensed to serve alcohol in an attempt to purchase alcohol.

Owners, managers, and employees of these types of businesses should review Massachusetts General Law C138 and the town’s alcohol regulations, police said.

Any questions should be directed to Lt. Victor Pereira at 508-532-5906.

— Norman Miller, “Framingham alcohol sting forthcoming,” The MetroWest Daily News, November 13, 2011, p. B2

My own personal view is that this is a complete waste of time. People may not like the idea of alcohol being sold to people who are legally considered “minors,” but doing so is still a victimless offense.

There are literally millions of violent crimes and property crimes in the United States that go unsolved every year. The FBI’s UCR statistics for 2010 show that in Massachusetts, 30,553 violent crimes (these include murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) were reported to the police, but police only arrested suspects in 12,987 cases. 153,905 property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) were reported to the police, but police only arrested suspects in 20,037 cases.

If police want to actually promote public safety, they should stop wasting their limited resources pursuing victimless offenses and try to apprehend suspects for some of these unsolved crimes that actually have suffering victims.