By Dan Magazu
Sentinel & Enterprise
LUNENBURG — Police will seek drunken-driving charges against a prominent lawyer after she allegedly drove off Sunnyhill Road and collided with a home on Memorial Day.
Lt. Jim Marino said they would file a criminal complaint as early as Wednesday against June Riddle, 64, of Lunenburg, on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and marked lanes violation.
Police responded to the area of 133 Sunnyhill Road at around 8:43 p.m. on May 25, where they found that Riddle had allegedly driven her car off the road and collided with the foundation of a home, according to Marino.
“Fortunately no one in the home was injured,” Marino said Wednesday.
Attempts to reach Riddle for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Riddle was transported to the hospital after the accident and was not initially charged with any crime, Marino said.
But following an investigation, police have decided to the file the OUI charge against her, according to Marino.
Once the criminal complaint is filed, Riddle will likely be issued a summons to appear before a clerk magistrate who will determine if there is enough evidence to support the criminal charge, according to Tim Connolly, a spokesperson for the Worcester district attorney’s office.
Riddle is an attorney with the law firm Riddle & Associates, at 603 Massachusetts Ave., in Lunenburg. Riddle served for 15 years as town counsel for Townsend. She was replaced in 2005 at a raucous selectmen’s meeting punctuated by threats and name-calling by spectators.
In a 2-1 vote, selectmen hired Kopelman and Paige.
Riddle applied to serve as town counsel for Lunenburg in 2006 but was passed over for the law firm of Brackett and Lucas. The town’s current legal counsel is Kopelman and Paige.
In 2007, Riddle represented four Lunenburg residents who brought a lawsuit against members of the town Planning Board and Global Property Developers Corp. over granting a special permit to build a 240-unit subdivision on the former Whalom Park land.
The lawsuit was eventually dropped.