AUBURN, Mass. – An Auburn resident was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor after he was involved in a car accident on Southbridge Street at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.
According to the Auburn Police Department, Donald R. Menser, 60, of 262 Central St., was arrested after he failed a series of field sobriety tests at the accident scene. He took a breath test at the police station, which showed a blood alcohol content of .16, which is two times the legal limit for blood alcohol content in Massachusetts.
The police officer was suspicious of Menser when the officer allegedly smelled alcohol as Menser spoke. Also, Menser allegedly was unsteady on his feet and told the officer that he consumed alcohol at lunch.
Menser’s car and the other driver’s car were heavily damaged in the accident. The other driver, a female, was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
Menser is still detained, awaiting bail. He will be arraigned at a later date. The accident is still under investigation.
Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie said it’s unusual to have someone with a blood alcohol content that high around noon. However, Lourie said there have recently been numerous drunk driving incidents around town.
“I don’t think it’s something that occurs just in Auburn,” Lourie said. “It involves all jurisdictions. But with Auburn having many hotels and many establishments selling alcohol, there is a high amount of traffic that unfortunately brings some element of crime."