A Boston Police officer gave a Roslindale man a second chance from getting busted for driving while under the influence - but minutes later the officer pulled the man over again to arrest him.
Anthony L. Dicenso, of 59 Guernsey St. #1, Roslindale, was arrested on Oct. 1 around 7:13 p.m., and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
An officer in marked police cruiser travelling on South Street pulled over the driver of vehicle coming off Guernsey Street, who the cop had to short stop to avoid colliding with, after the driver pulled out right in front of the cruiser. The officer noted that the rear license plate was a red and white Massachusetts plate, which comes in pairs, one for the front and one for the back, which the vehicle did not have for both.
After stopping the vehicle, the officer approached the driver and asked for his license and registration. The driver only provided his license from his wallet, according to a Boston Police report. The officer detected an "overwhelming odor of an alcholic beverage emanating from" the driver.
The driver asked why he had been pulled over, and the officer explained that he had pulled right in front of him, and that he needed to stop short to avoid crashing.
"Didn't you see me coming in a fully marked cruiser?" asked the cop.
"Who can see in the middle of the night?" said the driver.
The officer asked for the driver to tell him what time it was without looking at a watch. The driver said it was 8 p.m., and the time was actually 7:13 p.m.
The driver was asked how much he had to drink during the evening. The driver said he had a couple drinks, but was headed to bed shortly after wanting to get a burger. The officer noted the driver was having trouble with his automatic windows, and believed the man had "diminished capacity" to operate a vehicle. The officer noted the man to be unsteady on his feet, too, after he exited the vehicle.
Noticing the driver lived on Guernsey Street, the officer decided to give him the benefit of the doubt, according to the police report. The officer told the driver to leave his vehicle where it was parked legally, and to walk home.
The officer drove away and then saw a man stumbling across South Street back towards the parked vehicle. The officer noted the vehicle had pulled away and was now in traffic. The officer stopped the driver of the vehicle at the intersection of Centre and Church streets in West Roxbury.
The officer ordered Dicenso out of the vehicle. The officer had to assist the suspect into the police cruiser as he was stumbling. The vehicle was towed and marked to be held for at least 12 hours due to an OUI arrest.