By Lisa Redmond
LOWELL -- A 35-year-old Boxboro man was allegedly driving drunk when he got his car stuck in a snowbank in Boxboro last February, told police he was already in trouble for drinking and driving, and asked police to just let him walk home.
In Lowell Superior Court last week, Frederick J. Plett pleaded not guilty to operating under the influence (second offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
His bail was set at $5,000 cash. If he posts bail, Plett, of 310 Codman Hill Road, Apt. 34D, was ordered to wear a GPS-monitoring device, to not consume alcohol or drugs, to maintain or seek employment, to not drive, and to use an Intoxilyzer, a breath test for alcohol.
According to court documents, about 8:12 p.m., on Feb. 9, Boxboro police responded to a report of a disabled motor vehicle on the ramp to Interstate 495 south to Route 111.
When Boxboro police Sgt. Brett Pelley responded to the scene, he said he saw a 1999 Honda Accord in the snowbank on the ramp. There was a man in the driver's seat.
As Pelley approached the car, the driver, identified as Plett, got out of the car and began "staggering" up the ramp to Route 111, according to court documents.
Pelley yelled to the driver to stop and come back to the car. Pelley wrote that when he asked what happened, he noticed Plett's speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and his eyes were bloodshot.
Plett told Pelley he was coming off the ramp and accidentally went off the road. He told Pelley he lived nearby.
When Pelley asked Plett for his license, Plett showed him a military identification.
After he was arrested, police say they learned that Plett's license was revoked April 20, 2012, for four years, as a habitual traffic offender and his Arizona license was revoked indefinitely Oct. 4, 2012, documents state.
Plett allegedly told police he had a few drinks that night and asked police to let him walk home.
Plett allegedly said he was already in trouble for drinking and driving, and did not want to get in any more trouble, documents state.
Officers asked Plett if he was on any medication and Plett began to list his medications, but allegedly couldn't remember them all.
"Because of the alcohol, I can't think of it," he allegedly said.
Plett failed field-sobriety tests, according to court documents. He refused a portable Breathalyzer test.
In checking Plett's record, police said he has an OUI guilty finding in 2012 out of Lawrence District Court, and was continued without a finding in 2007 and 1997.
A check of Plett's out-of-state record. Mesa, Ariz., police told Boxboro police that Plett's Arizona license was suspended after an "extreme-OUI" charge 2003, when he was given probation, alcohol classes and fines, according to court documents.
Plett's next court date is Sept. 3 for a pretrial conference.
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