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.