Officer Andrew Girard was patrolling the area of Blackstone Street Feb. 4, at about 1:20 a.m. when he observed the car driven by Sean Berard, 33, of 55 Reservoir Ave., go through the stop sign at Blackstone Street and Harris Avenue without coming to a complete stop.
Girard followed the vehicle as it made a right onto Blackstone Street, traveling at about 40 mph through a 25 mph zone, according to Girard's report. The officer pulled the vehicle over, and Berard drove onto the sidewalk while stopping for him.
When Girard asked if Berard had been drinking, the driver's reply was "Yes". When Girard asked how much, "Too much," was Berard's evidently apt reply.
Berard subsequently failed a sobriety test, failing to follow directions and appearing unsteady on his feet. Girard also noted his eyes appeared bloodshot and his breath smelled faintly of alcohol. He was arrested and placed in handcuffs Later, after being advised of his rights, he stated that he'd drank five glasses of Moscato wine before driving.
Despite his earlier willingness to share information with Girard, he refused a chemical test at the police department headquarters.
Berard was charged with DUI, blood alcohol unknown, driving with a suspended license and given citations for refusing a chemical test, speeding and failing to obey stop signs.