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February 5, 2013

Three arrested for drunken driving after Super Bowl

SALEM — Three men were arrested on drunken driving charges in the hours immediately following the conclusion of Sunday night’s Super Bowl, police said.

Police responded to a report of an accident at 11:46 p.m. and determined the operator of a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu had run a stop sign at Clifton Avenue, causing the operator of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu to strike him on Lafayette Street. The first driver, identified as Norman Pelletier, 47, of 68 Moffatt Road, Salem, then struck two parked cars, according to the incident log.

Pelletier was arrested on charges of drunken driving and a stop sign violation after an officer detected a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on him, according to the log. He reportedly refused to submit to field sobriety tests.

An unidentified passenger in the second vehicle involved in the crash was transported to Salem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said the log. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed; the two parked cars were not.

The next drunken driving arrest of the night was in Danvers, where police conducted a traffic stop on Andover Street at 11:52 p.m. Marty Martis, 29, of 359 Lowell St., Peabody, was subsequently arrested on charges of drunken driving and speeding.

The third drunken driving arrest came in Salem at 12:48 a.m., when officers on Congress Street pulled over a 2003 Ford Escape for having a flat front passenger-side tire. Andrey Vlassov, 53, of 15 Arnold Terrace, Marblehead, was arrested on charges of drunken driving and defective equipment.

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