Woman charged with 6th OUI

Police say she crashed into car on Hope St. Thursday night

GREENFIELD — A South Deerfield woman with five previous drunken driving convictions has been arrested again on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol.

Lori Jean Drew, 51, of 16 Settright Road, was arrested Thursday night, after allegedly hitting a parked car while drunk. She is charged with operating under the influence of liquor, sixth offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle as to endanger and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

She was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Friday, and ordered held without bail while awaiting trial.

Police found the suspect sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford F-150 pickup, alone, after they responded to 72 Hope St., where a parked car was reported hit at 11:34 p.m. Thursday.

The woman told police she had been heading back to South Deerfield, and fell asleep at the wheel, according to a report filed by officer Jason Haskins.

She also said that, six hours prior, she had a methadone treatment and a sandwich, and drank two 12-ounce cans of Budweiser, wrote Haskins.

When the truck was searched during the standard pre-tow inventory, “about 16” open Budweiser cans were found, one of them in a foam sleeve and still cold to the touch, according to a report filed by officer Emily Rowell.

Also in the car were several bags of clothing, a “copious amount of trash and coupons,” and other items, wrote Rowell.

Haskins wrote that the woman failed multiple field sobriety tests, and an on-scene alcohol breath test read 0.167 percent, slightly more than twice the 0.08 percent legal limit. A second test, at the police station, was unsuccessful, and the suspect refused to try again.

Drew was last convicted of drunk driving in a 1996 case; her first conviction for the offense came after a 1984 arrest. Her criminal record also showed several charges for driving after her license was suspended for drunken driving, and several other drunken driving charges that were dismissed or otherwise not prosecuted.

Drew is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

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