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Merrimack Valley

February 28, 2013

Man faces third drunken-driving charge

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As he walked over to the Kia, Tierney drove at D’Orazio, injuring him, Pratt said. D’Orazio was taken to the hospital and was recovering at home today, Pratt said.

D’Orazio called Middleton police, which picked up the chase as Tierney fled back to Route 62. He drove back into Danvers and past the state police barracks, doing at least one or two U-turns, police said, reversing direction on Route 62.

Trooper Lisa Cote-Barthelmess observed the pursuit pass by and joined in behind the Middleton Police cruiser. Tierney at some point headed back toward Middleton before getting onto Route 114 into North Andover.

Driving at speeds of up to 90 mph, Tierney refused to stop his vehicle.

“The Kia was operating in a highly erratic manner, swerving all over the roadway,” state police said. “The North Andover Police Department was notified of the pursuit and deployed tire-deflation devices on Route 114. The KIA struck the device, forcing the vehicle to slow and stop on Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover.”

Tierney then “exited the vehicle and ran down the street with Trooper Cote-Barthelmess and North Andover Police Officer Michael Reardon in pursuit on foot,” state police said. “Officer Reardon was able to grab the suspect and pull him to the ground. The suspect struggled against being taken into custody but was eventually handcuffed.”

Trooper Cote-Barthelmess observed Tierney to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, the press release said. When Tierney was led back to waiting cruisers he was unsteady on his feet and swayed side to side when he was standing still.

He was transported back to the state police barracks in Danvers and given field sobriety tests. After the tests were given, Trooper Cote-Barthelmess determined that he was operating under the influence. The Kia was found to have evidence of open containers and was towed from the scene.

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