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West Roxbury Man Arrested on Fourth Drunk Driving Offense, Other Charges

The following information was obtained from a release by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's Office. Where recent arrests are mentioned, they do not indicate conviction unless otherwise noted.

Credit: Patch file photo.
Credit: Patch file photo.

A West Roxbury man with three previous drunk driving-related charges was arraigned last week after he was arrested for an additional OUI offense and allegedly engaging in sex for a fee, according to a release by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley

Paul Griffin, 48, of West Roxbury, was charged in Roxbury District Court with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor (fourth offense), paying for sexual conduct, operating a vehicle with a suspended license for OUI, operating without insurance and a license plate violation, according to the DA's office. 

Boston Police officers had been patrolling the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Woodcliff Street around 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, when they observed a woman running from a bus shelter into a green Dodge Caravan, Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Fitzgerald told the court last week, according to the release. 

Police determined the vehicle had a revoked registration and, as a result, followed it to a "desolate and poorly lit" area on Woodbine Street, where officers found the individuals engaged in sexual activity. Police found Griffin to be without a license or registration and detected an odor of alcohol in the vehicle, with Griffin allegedly appearing to have glassy eyes and slurred speech. He also appeared unsteady on his feet when asked to exit the vehicle, according to the DA's office. 

Griffin, who was released on his own recognizance, was previously convicted in Suffolk County of operating under the influence of alcohol in 1990 and 1995, and also had a case charging an OUI offense that was continued without finding in 1984, according to the release. 

Police also found that Griffin's license had been suspended after a 2012 arrest for alleged drunk driving in New Hampshire, and that the vehicle's license plates were registered to another individual. Police identified the woman accompanying him as a 25-year-old homeless woman who allegedly said Griffin had approached and propositioned her, according to the DA's office. She was summonsed to appear in Roxbury District Court at a later date, according to the release. 

Griffin, who is represented by Sara Atalay, is set to return to court on June 26, according to the DA's office. 

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