SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 26, 2013

Man charged after crash at liquor store

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — A Danvers man is facing drunken driving charges for a third time after police say he crashed his minivan into a parked car outside a Danvers liquor store on Saturday, then drove away.

Brian Holohan, 54, of 8 Sylvan St. was also charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failing to use caution. The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near Merchants Liquor Mart on High Street.

Prosecutor Lindsay Shaheen said Holohan’s blood alcohol level was .28, more than three times the legal limit, and urged a Salem District Court judge to hold Holohan without bail as a danger to the public.

Police were called to the package store by another driver who said Holohan had backed into her car in the parking lot. As she got out to exchange papers, she noticed an odor of alcohol on Holohan, who then drove away, she said.

Officers arriving at the store spotted him driving toward Danvers Square and pulled him over, but not before watching him make a wide turn, Shaheen told Judge Matthew Machera.

Holohan got only as far as the letter “H” in one field sobriety test that asked him to recite the alphabet and nearly fell over as he tried to walk nine steps in a straight line, police said.

Defense lawyer Ed Sargent argued for his client’s release, saying that Holohan is responsible for caring for a disabled adult son and had been out of work recently.

Machera set bail at $2,500, an amount he is not expected to post immediately. If he does make bail, he will be required to submit to random alcohol tests, report weekly to a probation officer and attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.