AMESBURY – A Salem, New Hampshire, man's awkward attempt to order fast food at a McDonald's drive-thru window led to his arrest Tuesday night on a third drunken driving charge.
Malcolm B. Haight, 48, of Harrod Street, was also charged with failing to stop or yield and was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail following his arraignment the next morning in Newburyport District Court.
If Haight posts bail, something his attorney told Judge Peter Doyle was very unlikely, he must not drink alcohol and must use a SCRAM alcohol monitoring device. He is due back in court June 16 for a pretrial hearing.
Amesbury police Officer Kyle Arseneau first noticed Haight's pick-up around 11:15 p.m. parked horizontally across three spaces inside the McDonald's lot. By the time Arseneau got a closer look, Haight was struggling to get into position to place an order in the drive-thru window.
"The pick-up truck had to back up and pull forward repeatedly in order to get into the designated area properly. The vehicle then went into reverse and pulled into the first drive-thru window and proceeded to pull forward and as it did, it ran over the curb with its left tire," Arseneau wrote in his report.
After buying his food, Haight drove out of the parking lot and took a left onto Route 110 heading toward Salisbury. At the Elm Street/Clarks Road intersection Haight did not stop at a red light until his truck was past the stop line. Arseneau turned on his emergency lights and pulled Haight over moments later.
Haight showed several signs of alcohol impairment, prompting Arseneau to conduct a series of field sobriety tests on him. Haight failed enough of them that Arseneau placed him under arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The officer soon learned that Haight had two prior OUI convictions, one in 1998 and another in 2004, according to Arseneau's report.
Haight's attorney, Julie Ouellette, argued that because the cases are so old and he pays child support for five children, bail should not be any higher than $1,000.
Doyle did not agree and set bail at $5,000 but told Haight he could appeal the bail amount at Salem Superior Court.