EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 30, 2013

Alleged 4-time drunk driver held pending Oct. 9 hearing

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A woman charged with her fourth drunken driving offense was ordered held without bail yesterday pending an Oct. 9 hearing in Lawrence District Court.

Jaime McMaster, 36, of 224 North State St., Concord, N.H., had a Breathalyzer reading of .22, nearly three times the legal limit of .08, police said. Officer Robert Hillner stopped her on Route 114 near Merrimack College shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 21. The 2002 Buick Century that McMaster was driving was swerving back and forth in the line of traffic, according to the officer’s report.

McMaster was ordered held without bail at her arraignment last week. Judge Michael Uhlarik scheduled a dangerousness hearing for yesterday.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Prather urged that McMaster, who was convicted of her third offense of drunk driving last year, be held without bail as a dangerous person. Attorney Paul Cahill, representing McMaster, asked that a hearing be held to determine if she could be released on conditions.

Judge Ellen Caulo approved that request and scheduled the hearing for Oct. 9. McMaster was then led out of the courtroom and transported back to Framingham State Prison.

McMaster handed Hillner a credit card when he asked for her license and registration, according to the officer’s report. She finally produced a New Hampshire license, Hillner wrote.

She almost fell down during a field sobriety test, which officers halted out of concern for her safety, police said. McMaster screamed at officers while she was being transported to the police station for booking, according to Hillner’s report.

McMaster was convicted of her third offense of drunken driving in 2012 in Ipswich District Court, sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,250, according to Hillner’s report. McMaster’s record also includes an assault and battery conviction in Peabody District Court in 2011 and a 10-day jail sentence in 2010 for a subsequent offense of driving after license suspension.

Besides the repeat drunken driving offense, McMaster is also charged with a marked lanes violation and speeding.

“Chief Paul Gallagher and the North Andover Police Department take impaired driving very seriously,” Lt. Charles Gray said. “We’re vigilant toward that kind of criminal activity.”

Gray did not have any information about the status of McMaster’s New Hampshire license last night.