August 2010 Archives

August 31, 2010

Methuen Man Charged with OUI and Reckless Driving


Steven S. Kurelko, 35, of Methuen, Massachusetts, was arrested this past weekend by the Massachusetts State Police for Drunk Driving after crashing his car into another that left two women seriously injured.

Kurelko was allegedly driving eastbound on 213 in Methuen when he struck another car sometime around 9 p.m. That other car was occupied by two women, both of Chelmsford, which were flown to Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston with serious injuries.

Very few details surrounding the crash were released, but Massachusetts State Police did report that one of the vehicles rolled over and emergency personnel had to free one of the victims, who was trapped inside the car.

Kurelko was arraigned yesterday morning on Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUI), Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Speeding.

OUI/DUI Drunk Driving in Massachusetts: Criminal charges for drunk driving are taken very seriously in Massachusetts, and prosecuted very aggressively by every District Attorney's Office.

Although Drunk Driving charges are fairly common and one of those crimes often committed by persons with no prior criminal record or involvement with police, the consequences of an OUI/DUI conviction can be devastating. Not only do OUI/DUI charges carry a potential term of imprisonment, but they also carry significant penalties that may include license suspension, fines, probation, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and community service. Click here for Massachusetts Drunk Driving Penalties.

The strength of your OUI/DUI defense depends on a number of factors, but in most cases the prosecutors relies upon the police officer's observations of the means and manner you allegedly operated your vehicle. In drunk driving cases, the police will try to establish evidence that your ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired to some degree by alcohol or drugs.

Additional factors in your OUI/DUI case may include whether you were involved in an accident; if there was evidence of alcohol consumption in the car, such as an open container; whether you submitted to a Breathalyzer or Refused the Breathalyzer; or how well or poorly you performed in any Field Sobriety Tests.

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August 9, 2010

Former Head of Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Busted for Drunk Driving in Harverhill


Matthew Amorello, former State Senator and Chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, was arrested late Saturday evening and was scheduled to be arraigned this morning on DUI / OUI Charges and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.

According to the Haverhill Police Department, Amorello was reportedly driving drunk and collided with several parked vehicles in Haverhill. He further did not immediately pull over, which led to the additional charge of Leaving the Scene of Property Damage. His vehicle was located at a nearby car dealership with a wheel missing and Amorello inside the car alone. It is not believed that Amorello submitted to any Field Sobriety Tests or a Alcohol Breath Test.

OUI/DUI - Drunk Driving Charges: Although OUI/DUI charges are fairly common, the consequences of a drunk driving conviction can be life-altering. Not only can a DUI conviction carry a potential term of imprisonment, but it can also carry significant penalties that may include license suspension, fines, probation, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and community service.

Click here for more information about Drunk Driving Charges in Massachusetts, as well as:

Leaving the Scene of Property Damage: It is a crime if you knowingly collide or get into an accident with your vehicle and fail to stop or make your identity and registration of your vehicle known. Massachusetts law punishes violators of the crime of Leaving the Scene of Property Damage with imprisonment of not less than 2 weeks and up to 2 years in the House of Corrections.

With regards to the crime of Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, the extent of damage is not relevant except to the extent that it is circumstantial evidence to whether or not the defendant knew that there had been a collision.

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August 4, 2010

Lawrence Middle School Coach Charged with Statutory Rape of Student


Tyrone Farrar, 30, was arraigned on Monday in Newburyport District Court on Sex Crimes Charges, including Statutory Rape, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female Lawrence Middle School Student.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Farrar, who works at a Lawrence Middle School as a security guard and serves as a basketball coach, allegedly began having sexual relations with a female student that began when she was 13 years old.

Farrar was arrested this past weekend for Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and DUI while under the influence of drugs. At the time of his arrest, the female student, now 14 years old, was in the car with him. According to the police, the girl admitted to being sexually involved with Farrar, who is married.

Following his arraignment in Newburyport District Court, Farrar was held without bail.

In Massachusetts, the crime of Statutory Rape does not require that any force or threat of use of force to have been used. Rather, Statutory Rape is what is referred to as a 'strict liability crime', meaning that the consent of the victim is immaterial for prosecution of this offense (even a reasonable mistake as to the age of the victim is not a defense).

As with many Sex Crimes, a conviction for the crime of Statutory Rape would trigger the defendant to Sex Offender Registration; require him to submit his DNA to the state's DNA database; and could serve as a basis for civil commitment as a 'sexually dangerous person.'

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