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Merrimack Valley

April 26, 2013

Fire lieutenant's 2009 drunk-driving conviction in NH went unreported

Garrity, a Haverhill resident, now charged with second DWI, pot possession

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Zanni said there appears to be no indication that the city was ever notified of Garrity’s 2009 arrest and conviction by the state of New Hampshire. The mayor also said it was troubling to learn yesterday that the city kept no record of the incident.

“I think it’s important you keep a record,” said Zanni. “Apparently this was not done. ... That’s not a good thing.”

Garrity’s recent arrest occurred March 17 in Plaistow at around 10:50 p.m., after police radar recorded his white 2011 Ford Econovan traveling 66 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to paperwork filed in Plaistow District Court.

The arrest took place at the intersection of Plaistow Road (Route 125) and East Road, or about one mile from the Massachusetts border.

Garrity was driving alone and heading southbound on Route 125 when he was pulled over by Officer Sonya Robicheau, Plaistow deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones told The Eagle-Tribune shortly after the arrest.

Jones said Robicheau noticed Garrity had trouble answering her questions and asked him to exit the vehicle. Jones said Garrity proceeded to fail a number of field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Jones said an inventory search of Garrity’s van turned up a “small amount” of marijuana on the passenger-side floor.

Garrity was released hours later on $1,000 bail. Among the conditions of his release is that he “refrain from excessive use of alcohol, and use of a narcotic drug or controlled substance,” according to court paperwork.

Plaistow police have refused to release a report on the arrest while the case is pending. Zanni has said a city-ordered drug test following Garrity’s arrest turned up no signs of drugs in his system.

Garrity was scheduled for arraignment April 15 in Plaistow District Court, but his appearance has been waived until a May 16 pretrial conference. Zanni said he intends to make a decision about further discipline for Garrity following the conference.

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