Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 6, 2013

Teen jailed after crashing car into tree on Elm Street

Injured passengers facing cocaine charges


Miller was given a Breathalyzer test following the June 3 accident where his blood alcohol content registered at .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

She argued that releasing Miller now would “seriously endanger the community.”

The judge agreed.

“You would be a danger to the community if released,” he said, in deciding to revoke bail on the 2012 case and remand Miller to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Sanchez also agreed with Sarmini’s request for $10,000 cash bail on the charges stemming from Friday morning’s accident. Conditions of his release, if he makes bail in 60 days, include house arrest, wearing a tracking bracelet, random drug and alcohol screenings and a prohibition from operating a motor vehicle.

His next, pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 17.

Miller’s attorney, Nicholas Howie, did not contest the bail revocation on the old case or the $10,000 bail on the new case. He added there were “additional facts” in the case that hadn’t come out yet that could be reviewed at a future court date.

He said after the hearing he was referring to a blood test taken of his client.

Howie, of the Howie Law Office in Andover and Salem, N.H., said he also represents Miller in the 2012 case. The next hearing date on that case is July 15, Howie said.

Bad curve

A neighbor who lives immediately adjacent to the accident scene said the sound of the crash woke him up just before 1 a.m. Within minutes, there were three ambulances, five police cars, a Lawrence General Hospital trauma unit and two fire trucks on scene. Accident reconstruction investigators were there most of the night, wrapping up around 5 a.m.

The neighbor, who didn’t want his name used, said that stretch of Elm Street has been the scene of numerous accidents over the years.

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