By Lisa Redmond
BOXBORO — A 28-year-old Boxboro woman who was driving with a suspended license after two drunken-driving convictions was released on bail after she was charged with her third drunken-driving offense by Boxboro police on Sunday.
In Ayer District Court on Tuesday, Laura Metcalf, 28, of 81 Liberty Square Road, was released on $1,200 cash bail after pleading not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of alcohol (third offense), operating after suspension for operating under the influence while operating under the influence, defective equipment, failure to stay in marked lanes, failure to stop for police, failure to dim high beams, and operating with a revoked license after being deemed a habitual traffic offender.
Metcalf has two prior drunken-driving convictions in October 2010 and November 2010, according to court documents. Her license was revoked as a habitual traffic offender, documents state.
Boxboro police allege that while on routine patrol at 9 p.m. Sunday on Massachusetts Avenue, an office spotting a Ford escape with a broken headlight and broken taillight. The officer followed the car as it slowed to well below the speed limit, then abruptly turned into the parking lot of a closed business, before returning to the road, according to court documents.
The driver failed to dim the vehicle’s high beams as several other vehicles passed, and continued weaving in and out of the west lane before the officer turned on his lights and siren, according to police. The driver did not immediately stop, driving about a half-mile before stopping in the middle of the east travel lane in front of the police station, according to police.
Police say Metcalf emitted the odor of alcohol, slurred her words and her eyes were glassy, but she denied consuming any alcohol. She told police she was on her way to the liquor store to buy her husband some beer.
Metcalf was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, because police said she had taken a prescription medication known as Gabatentin, a seizure medication, which can cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision.
Metcalf allegedly failed field-sobriety tests and blew a .12 on a portable breathalyzer, which is over the legal limit of .08.