State Representative David LeBoeuf or Worcester is facing drunk driving charges, accused of driving erratically and registering a blood/alcohol reading that was four times the legal limit, according to police.
The legal limit is .08.
State Police say LeBoeuf provided two breath samples that registered a blood alcohol content of 0.329 and 0.317.
“During an inventory of the motor vehicle, Troopers found nine empty nip bottles in the rear of the vehicle and two cans of wine in the front cupholders, one empty and the other half full,” according to a statement from the state police.
LeBoeuf is a Democrat who represents the 17th Worcester District.
Police say they got at least two calls just before 10:25 p.m. Tuesday from motorists reporting an erratic operator in a black SUV on I-93 south in Milton.
One caller told Boston 25 News by Zoom Wednesday he was driving home from the Bruins game when he heard screeching ahead of him on I-93 and saw the SUV veering across four lanes of traffic.
“This car, whoever was driving it, should not have been driving it, because the car itself sounded like it was driving on an axel, and it was. It had no front right tire,” Michael Gonzalez said. “The person accelerated to about 50, 60 miles per hour, and then again slowed down, and while I was on phone with the highway patrol and such, 911, [the car] slammed into the median.”
One of the callers told police the SUV exited I-93 onto Route 3 south to Burgin Parkway in Quincy.
“The vehicle, a 2014 black Ford Escape, came to a stop on the Burgin and appeared to be disabled and smoking, prior to the Adams T station,” according to a statement from police. Police say the SUV’s right front tire was missing and the rim had sustained damage from grinding on the pavement.
“Two troopers approached the vehicle and made certain observations of LeBoeuf’s appearance and speech, as well as noting a strong odor of alcohol on his person and emanating from the vehicle. The Troopers assisted LeBoeuf in exiting the vehicle,” according to the statement
Police say LeBoeuf was unable to follow instructions during a field sobriety test. He was placed under arrest.
LeBoeuf was booked on charges of OUI-Liquor, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Marked Lanes Violation.
LeBoeuf was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday and released on personal recognizance.
In a statement, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ron Mariano said, “Driving under the influence is a dangerous and often deadly mistake and I am deeply relieved that no one was injured in this instance. I have been assured by Representative LeBoeuf that he will be seeking help and I will support him on his path to recovery.”
Boston 25 has reached out to Rep. LeBoeuf for comment.
The 27th Worcester district consists of Leicester; Worcester: Ward 7, Ward 8: Precincts 2, 3, 4.
LeBoeuf took office on January 2, 2019.
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