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Merrimack Valley

January 9, 2013

Windham police: Drunken driver passed out in their lot

WINDHAM — It was a first for Capt. Michael Caron.

A Tewksbury man was arrested early yesterday for drunken driving after police found him passed out in his running car in the police station parking lot.

A police dispatcher noticed a car in the employee lot at the station at about 1:45 in the morning. The car was visible in the restricted lot via a security camera.

Officers found Jonathan Sullivan, 31, in the driver’s seat with the engine running, but Sullivan was “passed out,” police said.

They woke Sullivan, administered field sobriety tests and conducted an investigation, according to Caron.

Sullivan was charged with DUI. He would have been released on $500 personal recognizance, but due to “his level of intoxication and inability to make contact with a sober person for his release,” Sullivan was taken to the county jail, Caron said.

He was released later yesterday.

Sullivan is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28.

If convicted, he could face a minimum $500 fine, a nine-month loss of his driver’s license, and participation in a mandatory drug and alcohol education program.

Caron said there was no reason to think Sullivan intentionally parked at the police station.

“We believe he was just looking for a place and didn’t see the signs,” Caron said.

Sullivan refused to allow police to have his blood tested for alcohol content, Caron said.

“He was semi-cooperative,” he said of the suspect. “He was argumentative, but not violent in any way.”

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