DANVERS — A paroled killer who's also racked up seven drunk-driving convictions managed to drive at least 20 miles up Route 128, bouncing off guardrails and without headlights, during the rush-hour commute Thursday evening, police said.
Andrew J. Millyan, 55, of South Grafton, is now facing his eighth charge of driving under the influence, this time, police say, of drugs. He's being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Feb. 24.
State police received numerous calls from other drivers on Route 128 about a black Ford Taurus driving without headlights and veering all over the road. A woman first spotted the car in Wakefield, and told police she saw it hit the median guardrail at least twice and nearly strike an exit sign.
A Manchester-by-the-Sea patrolman caught up to the Taurus near the School Street exit and stopped the car, which bore a handicap placard, according to state police Trooper Peter Sherber's report.
Millyan offered different accounts of where he was going, telling one officer he was heading to Wilmington and another he was going to Groveland — neither of which is anywhere near Manchester.
Officers also noticed him trying to stuff something into his jacket — they later determined it was four bags of marijuana.
Millyan was described as sweating, with twitching eyelids and a slow, lethargic demeanor. He failed several field sobriety tests, including missing his nose when asked to touch it.
A Nahant police officer was brought in to conduct a drug recognition evaluation and concluded that Millyan was under the influence of a narcotic.
Millyan's record dates back more than 40 years, to when he was 14, and includes a significant number of alcohol- and drug-related convictions, according to court papers. Said to be a longtime member of the Devil's Disciples motorcycle gang, he was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of an innocent bystander inside a Revere bar, the Sandbar Lounge, in 1981.