By Jim Clark
Somerville police officers were alerted to reports last week of an erratic driver who had nearly struck several vehicles, last seen on Broadway.
Officers soon located the vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Mt. Vernon St. and approached the driver, Alicia Scanlon, of Peabody, for questioning. According to reports, the officers detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.
When asked where she was coming from, Scanlon reportedly told the officers, “Middle East, in Cambridge.” When asked if she had been drinking, she reportedly said that she had consumed two 16 oz. Harpoons.
According to police, Scanlon stated that she went to the bar at 4:00 p.m. and left at 11:30 p.m. She had a quesadilla for dinner at a place within walking distance from the bar. When asked if she consumed any drugs, she stated that she wanted to, but none were available.
At the time of the stop, Scanlon was asked if she knew what time it was and she reportedly replied, “11:45 p.m.” When asked if she knew where she was she replied, “Yes, in Quincy.”
After submitting to a series of standard field sobriety tests, it was determined that Scanlon had been driving under the influence of alcohol. She was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with charges of operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.