LUNENBURG — Police charged a 42-year-old Townsend nurse with her fourth intoxicated driving incident after pulling over her car early Saturday morning, according to court documents.
Kathleen Macklin, of Tamarack Lane, Townsend, was released on $1,000 cash bail after her arraignment in Fitchburg District Court on Monday, court documents show.
She is charged with operating under the influence of drugs, a marked lanes violation, speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Officer Jack Hebert observed Macklin’s 2005 Hyundai Sonata nearly strike a vehicle in the other lane while driving on Massachusetts Avenue at about 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, he wrote in his police report.
Macklin told the officer she was coming back from work at the Pepperell Family Practice, which Hebert noted was not open in the early morning.
Macklin also told Hebert she worked as a nurse and told him she had a stethoscope in the back of the car, he wrote in his report.
“I noted that as Macklin said ‘stethoscope’ her speech appeared extremely slurred, as I could only make out what she was saying or meant because I observed the stethoscope on the rear floor,” Hebert wrote.
Hebert asked Macklin if she had anything to drink that night, to which she replied that she’d “rather not say,” according to his report. She later told him that she had two or three beers.
Hebert also found a bottle of prescription medicine in the car, which Hebert denied taking.
Macklin declined to submit to any field sobriety tests or take the breathalyzer, Hebert wrote.
She initially refused to exit her vehicle when asked until Hebert asked five times, he wrote.
He also wrote that she had a strong odor of alcohol around her, was unsteady on her feet and had bloodshot eyes.
Macklin has two previous convictions for operating under the influence in New Hampshire and one previous conviction out of Leominster District Court, Hebert wrote.