SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

February 28, 2013

Man faces his 3rd DUI after two chases

DANVERS — A man from Wilmington is being held without bail following his arrest on what police say is his third drunken-driving charge, which came after a chase through two towns early yesterday.

Paul Tierney, 34, is facing other charges, as well, including failing to stop for police, driving to endanger, driving after license revocation, being a habitual traffic offender, resisting arrest, speeding, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, assault and battery on a public employee, trespassing, and an open container violation. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

State police first spotted Tierney driving a Kia sedan on Interstate 95 in Danvers earlier in the morning, around 1 a.m., but were unable to stop him before he left the highway and drove into a neighborhood, which led police to call off the pursuit.

Around 2:30 a.m., a deputy sheriff spotted the red Kia parked at Middleton Jail. He began walking toward the car when it suddenly took off, hitting the deputy, police said.

Middleton police were pursuing the Kia and announced that they were heading down Route 62. As the Kia passed the state police barracks, Trooper Lisa Cote-Barthelmess joined in behind the Middleton cruiser.

The chase moved onto Route 114, passing through Danvers and Middleton and into North Andover, reaching speeds of 90 mph, state police said in a press release.

The Kia was “swerving all over the roadway,” police said.

Meanwhile, North Andover police set up “stop sticks” on the roadway, and eventually, the Kia struck them and came to a stop.

But Tierney didn’t, taking off on foot with the trooper and North Andover Patrolman Michael Reardon following. Reardon caught up with Tierney and pulled him to the ground, as Tierney struggled.

Tierney had no driver’s license, only an official Massachusetts identification card, police said.

Police said he had bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. He was charged with drunken driving. Back at the Kia, police found open containers of alcohol inside the car.

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

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Comments Tracker