By Paul Tennant
---- — NEWBURYPORT — Henry Matos, who was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with drunken driving and unlicensed operation after numerous people reported a woman was thrown from a moving car on Interstate 495 in Merrimac, was ordered held without bail yesterday.
The 37-year-old woman is in critical condition at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, according to state police.
Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle revoked Matos’ bail on other unrelated charges he has pending. On the most recent charges, Doyle set Matos’ bail at $2,500 cash and continued that case until July 9.
The Newbury state police barracks received numerous calls about a woman lying in the median strip of Interstate 495 at around 20 minutes before 4 p.m. Sunday, according to a report filed with the court by Trooper Scott Grimes. Several witnesses said the victim came from a gray Volkswagen that was traveling on the northbound side of the highway.
The Merrimac Fire Department and ambulance went to the scene, near Broad Street, and transported the victim to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. From there, she was transferred to Tufts Medical Center, according to state police.
The witnesses said the Volkswagen continued driving and did not stop, according to Grimes’ report. An off-duty Somerville police officer, Sgt. John Marino, saw the incident and followed the Volkswagen Passat, all the while keeping the Newbury barracks apprised of its location, Grimes wrote.
The Volkswagen exited 495 at Route 150, pulled into the Amesbury Sports Park, then got back onto 495, this time driving on the southbound side. State police Lt. Allan Zani stopped the vehicle near the Merrimac rest stop.
Henry Matos, 45, of 50 Island St., apartment 419, Lawrence, was uncooperative while being interviewed and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, Grimes wrote. His brother, Moises Matos, 43, who was a passenger in the car, was taken into protective custody.
Both Matoses had a strong odor of alcohol, according to Grimes’ report. Moises Matos did take a Breathalyzer test and had a reading of .232, almost three times the level that presumes a person is intoxicated, Grimes wrote.
In separate interviews, both men claimed the alleged victim jumped from the vehicle. They also said she had had an on again, off again romantic relationship with Henry Matos.
Moises Matos said the woman jumped from the car when Henry Matos told her to leave his home, while Henry Matos said she bolted from the vehicle while arguing with Moises, according to the report.
The alleged victim, Glenda Rivera, is connected to tubes at Tufts Medical Center but is expected to survive, Grimes wrote.
The incident remains under investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s Office.