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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

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Maloney proceeded to fail field sobriety tests and was arrested, according to the report. At the police station, Maloney agreed to take a breathalyzer test and recorded a blood-alcohol-content level of .18 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Maloney told Simard he was cut off by a Honda Civic as he attempted to turn onto Kent Street from South Union Street. But the driver of the Civic, Christian Pinargote, 20, of Lawrence, told police a different story.

Simard arrived at 534 S. Union St. to find the Civic “inside the front yard and up against the front of the house/porch.”

“The fence was toppled and the shrubs were heavily damaged,” Simard wrote.

Pinargote told Simard he was driving south on Winthrop Avenue with his girlfriend when they noticed the Maxima “weaving between lanes and flashing its high beams” behind them.

Pinargote and his girlfriend became nervous and pulled over on South Union Street near the Hess gas station to allow the Maxima to pass. After doing so, they attempted to take a left onto Kent Street. That’s when the Maxima made a sudden stop in front of them and attempted to make “a wide left turn” onto Kent Street, according to the report.

“This maneuver by the Maxima, they claim, caused both vehicles to collide and cause their Honda to leave the road and crash through the fence and crash into the house,” wrote Simard.

After the crash, Pinargote told Simard that Maloney repeatedly asked, “Is anybody hurt?” But Maloney refused to share his name or insurance information with Pinargote, who believed Maloney was drunk, according to the report.

Pinargote told The Eagle-Tribune that his vehicle’s front end, entire passenger side, driver’s side door and two fenders were damaged in the crash. Police estimate the damage to the fence and porch to be several thousand dollars.

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