By Jim Clark
Police were dispatched to the Mobil gas station on Medford St. last week to check the condition of an individual who appeared to be passed out in his vehicle.
Upon arrival, officers noted that the front end of the vehicle in question had sustained severe damage. The driver, later identified as Fawzi Alfrihat, of E. Medford, PA, was asked to step out of the car.
Alfrihat was asked if he was under the influence of any alcohol or drug, and he reportedly denied that he was under the influence of either. When asked why his pupils were dilated he said he did not know.
While police spoke with Alfrihat he reportedly continued to avoid looking at them while answering their questions and they had to keep asking him to look at them while they were talking. At one point, Alfrihat reportedly said that he was looking at the officers when he was not.
Alfrihat was asked if he had been in an accident and he reportedly stated that he was in an accident earlier in Boston on Berkley St. but exchanged paperwork without police assistance. He was asked if he needed medical attention, which he denied.
A series of field sobriety tests were then administered. The first test was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, and Alfrihat reportedly displayed smooth pursuit.
The next test was the Walk and Turn. During this test, the person is told to put their left foot on the line and put their right foot in front of it with your right heel touching their left toe. They are supposed to keep their hands by their side before taking nine heel to toe steps down the line. They then turn around while keeping the front foot on the line by taking several small steps to turn back around. The person then does another nine heel to toe steps the same way back to where they started. Alfrihat reportedly stated that he understood what he needed to do, then began the test on the line. On the way down he did not have his hands by his side and walked approximately fifteen steps and on the way back he took approximately nineteen steps with his hands out by his side and his feet not on the line. He did not put his feet heel to toe like was demonstrated or walk the proper amount of steps (nine) which was both demonstrated and read from the card to him.
The last test was the One-Leg Stand. During this test, the person stands with their heels together and their arms at their side. The person is told they raise whichever foot they want six inches off of the ground with their foot pointed out. They keep both legs straight while keeping their eyes on the elevated foot. While holding that position, they are to count until the officer sees fit to stop it. Alfrihat was advised to keep his foot six inches off of the ground but for almost the entire time he kept his right heel on the ground. He was also told to count from one thousand and one and so on until told to stop. Alfrihat reportedly lost count at one thousand and twelve.
Alfrihat stated after all tests were done that he has a metal rod in his back.
The officers determined, based on their training and experience, that Alfrihat was under the influence of a narcotic and he was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.
Alfrihat was transported by to the Somerville Police Department and booked in the usual manner. He was issued criminal uniform citation R8322850 and OUI documentation was put into evidence.