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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 or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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