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May 24, 2013

City clerk admits to drinking two whiskeys before crash

William Maloney recorded a .18 blood-alcohol-content level

LAWRENCE — Police say City Clerk William J. Maloney recorded a blood-alcohol-content level of .18 percent and admitted to drinking “two whiskeys” before crashing his 2005 Nissan Maxima into another vehicle Wednesday night on South Union Street.

According to a police report, homeowner Robert Laskey was inside 534 S. Union St. about 7:45 when he heard a loud noise. He went outside to find a Honda Civic in his yard and his fence and porch heavily damaged.

“Laskey informed me that he thought that the driver of the Maxima was drinking,” wrote Lawrence Sgt. Michael Simard.

Maloney, 56, of 17 Cutler St., was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol (second offense) and a marked lane violation.

He was released on $40 cash bail Wednesday night following his arrest. He went before Judge Kevin Gaffney yesterday without an attorney and was ordered not to drive unless properly licensed. He must remain alcohol and drug free and submit to random screenings and faces 60 days in jail for failure to meet the bail conditions. A pretrial hearing is scheduled July 11.

Maloney declined comment outside the courtroom yesterday. Records show he was arrested for OUI in 1993. The case was prosecuted in Newburyport District Court and continued without a finding, according to an arrest report.

Maloney became Lawrence city clerk in September 2004. He is a lifelong Lawrence resident and has been licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since December 1986.

According to the arrest report, Sgt. Simard spoke with Maloney at the scene and noticed he was “unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and had the smell of alcohol on his breath.”

“I asked Maloney what he had to drink, and he replied ‘two whiskeys,’” wrote Simard.

Simard wrote that Maloney was eventually accompanied at the crash scene by his lawyer, Bob Kelley.

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