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Merrimack Valley

January 23, 2013

Man charged with driving under influence of drugs - in police station parking lot

NORTH ANDOVER – A man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs Friday morning – in the parking lot of the police station.

Officer Katherine Gehrke had returned to the station after completing her midnight-to-8-a.m. shift when she saw a man slumped over the steering wheel of a car in the parking lot, according to police Lt. Charles Gray.

After investigating, Gehrke determined the man was impaired and under the influence of drugs, Gray said. The man then attempted to drive away, but one of his tires went flat, the lieutenant said.

Stephen Prochniak, 42, of 12 Irongate Drive, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, negligent operation and illegal possession of a Class E drug.

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