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July 9, 2014

Police: Taylor Roberts' blood alcohol level .41 after accident in Newburyport

Newburyport inspector: Driver thought he was in Marblehead


“I asked him what time he started drinking, he told me 10 or 11. I asked him what time it was at the present moment, he responded 10 or 11 at night,” Sugrue wrote in his report, adding that he told Roberts that it was actually 9 a.m. the next morning.

Sugrue began asking Roberts to perform a series of field sobriety tests but quickly aborted them after realizing that Roberts, not able to stand own his own, might hurt himself.

Instead, Roberts was handcuffed and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

After his arrest, Roberts was taken to the station for booking.

There, two blood alcohol tests were taken with Roberts’ results coming back .41 and .42.

Informed of Roberts’ high blood alcohol level, Newburyport District Court clerk magistrate Larry Thorenson told Sugrue that Roberts’ blood alcohol level would have to come down before he could be brought to court.

“I asked him where he thought he was, he told me Marblehead. I advised him that he was in Newburyport. Mr. Roberts did not know why he was in Newburyport,” Sugrue wrote in his report.

A search of Roberts’ vehicle, which serves as his temporary residence, resulted in the seizure of vodka from the front seat and a can of Monster Energy drink.

The white paste on Roberts’ tongue and lips was later identified as toothpaste, according to police.




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