Buckland man arrested for third OUI offense

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A Buckland man was arrested on a third drunken driving charge after he crashed into a guardrail on River Road Thursday.

About 3:50 p.m., Russell Lilly, 42, of 69 Ashfield Road, Buckland, was driving on River Road by School House Hill when his car slid off the road and into two concrete guard rail posts, according to police. He was driving 75 miles-per-hour in a 35 mph zone, police said.

Patrolman Adam Sokoloski observed a cup of a drink of vodka and Powerade in the center console of Lilly’s car. On the front passenger seat, police found a small amount of vodka left in a bottle, from which Lilly admitted drinking during the afternoon, the police report states.

Lilly failed a field sobriety test and had a 0.28 blood alcohol content, according to the police report. A reading of 0.08 carries a presumption of guilt.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

Lilly was charged with one felony count of operating under the influence, third offense; one misdemeanor account of possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He pleaded innocent at a Thursday arraignment in Greenfield District Court. Pending trial, Lilly was ordered to have no alcohol or operate a motor vehicle. He also has to report daily to probation to test his sobriety.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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