Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 6, 2013

Teen jailed after crashing car into tree on Elm Street

Injured passengers facing cocaine charges


Last April, Lyons, Pineault and two other teens were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing after police broke up an underage drinking party on Buchan Drive.

Rep. Lyons said Tuesday that he and his family are “grateful that all the young men are going to be OK and we are praying for their full recovery.”

He praised Andover police and fire officials “for their quick response” and thanked the staff at Lawrence General Hospital “for the work they did to make sure the injuries were not worse.”

`Danger to community’

During the bedside arraignment on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Kate Sarmini, reading from the police report, said Miller was believed to be driving 47 mph in a 30-mph zone when he lost control of his car.

When officer Benjamin Ledwell arrived at the scene, he found the defendant without a shirt and in bare feet walking around the car.

“He was unsteady on his feet,” she said, referring to the report. “His speech was slurred. Officer Ledwell smelled alcohol on his breath.”

According to the report, Miller told Ledwell, “I’m going to jail, I already have one OUI.”

He also told Ledwell that he had consumed 10 beers starting at around 10 p.m.

Ledwell said in his report that Miller also told him he and his friends had pooled their money and purchased cocaine earlier that night for $80 or $90. A search of the car turned up a plastic bag containing white powder believed to be cocaine, Sarmini said.

She said the car was littered with beer cans.

Sarmini argued that bail stemming from Miller’s June 3, 2012 arrest should be revoked.

“The facts from the 2012 case are very similar,” she told Judge Jose Sanchez, who presided over the hospital room hearing. “He was leaving a house party (in 2012) and got into a series of accidents. He hit two mailboxes, drove over a couple of lawns, hit a stone wall. He did a lot of damage.”

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