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June 24, 2013

No bail for driver in I-495 incident

NEWBURYPORT- A Lawrence man is being held without bail following his arraignment today in connection with an incident during which a woman was either pushed or jumped from a moving car on Interstate 495 in Merrimac Sunday afternoon.

Henry Matos , 45, of 50 Island St., Apt. 419 in Lawrence, was arrested and charged with drunk driving after state police received numerous reports of a woman being thrown from a moving car around 3:30 p.m.

Judge Peter Doyle in Newburyport District Court, revoked Matos's bail on a previous case and set $2,500 cash bail on the more recent case. Matos was ordered to appear in court again July 9.

The woman, identified as Glenda Rivera, 37, address unknown, was first taken to Anna Jaques Hospital, and then transferred to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where she was in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries, according to state police.

Sunday afternoon, state police received many reports of a person being on the median strip of I-495, according to a report by Trooper Scott Grimes. Several witnesses said the victim came from a moving gray Volkswagen Passat on the northbound lane of 495 and that the car continued without stopping.

Off-duty Somerville Police Sgt. John Marino followed the Passat north on 495 and then onto Route 150 where the car pulled into the Amesbury Sports Park.

The Passat then returned to 495 southbound with Marino following. State police Lt. Allan Zani stopped the Passat right after the Merrimac reststop where an investigation determined that Matos was driving without a license.

He refused to submit to a Breathalyzer and was uncooperative during booking, according to state police.

Matos's brother, Moises Matos, 43, was a passenger in the car. He was taken into protective custody with a blood alcohol level of .232, state police said.

In separate interviews, Moises Matos said the woman jumped from the car during an argument with his bother Henry.

But, Henry Matos said the woman was arguing with Moises when she jumped.

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