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January 24, 2013

Marblehead interim business manager resigns after DUI arrest

MARBLEHEAD — Kevin C. Meagher had recently received his license to be a permanent business manager, but his career as a school official appears to be on hold after he was arrested Monday night.

Meagher is accused of driving drunk and almost colliding with a cruiser on Atlantic Avenue. A fully loaded handgun, a knife and several bottles of alcohol were on his person and in his SUV, according to police.

Superintendent Greg Maass said Meagher resigned his $80,000 interim post yesterday.

“He regrets the impact it had on the school system,” Maass said. “From here on out, it’s a legal proceeding.”

Police on Monday charged Meagher with second-offense drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, the latter being a felony. He was also charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation. His first drunken-driving arraignment took place in Framingham in 1990, according to police records.

Following Meagher’s arraignment Tuesday in Lynn District Court, where he pleaded not guilty, Judge Stacey Fortes-White released him on $2,500 cash bail. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core had asked for $10,000 bail, Essex County District Attorney Spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan said.

His next court date is March 13.

The judge also ordered Meagher, 47, of 2 Pearl Road, Saugus, not to drink alcohol, to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings, and to forfeit his weapons. Meagher has a license to carry a firearm.

At 8:14 p.m. Monday, Patrolman Daniel Katz stopped the white 2007 Ford Expedition that Meagher was driving. Katz said in his report that he had to swerve his cruiser to prevent the SUV from striking his driver’s-side mirror as he drove on Atlantic Avenue into town. Meagher was driving out of town, in the vicinity of CVS and Fen Yang House restaurant.

Meagher was doing 45 mph in a 20 mph zone and driving on the yellow line, and he failed to slow as the cruiser approached him, according to Katz’s report.

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