John McCarthy, 61, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was charged with Drunk Driving / DUI after he allegedly drove the MBTA bus he was operating into a car stopped at a red light in Somerville.
McCarthy was arrested this past Friday by Somerville Police and is expected to be arraigned on charges of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol tomorrow.
According to the MBTA and Somerville Police, McCarthy was allegedly found in the driver’s seat of the bus, slouched over the steering wheel with his foot on the brake. An MBTA Police Officer who responded to the accident allegedly observed the bus to be still in drive. An open bottle of vodka was allegedly found in McCarthy’s possession.
Aside from hitting a car that was stopped at a traffic light, McCarthy also allegedly hit several parked cars along the way. No injuries of any persons or passengers have been reported.
According to police, McCarthy was asked to perform and allegedly failed several Field Sobriety Tests. The MBTA Police who responded to the scene reported that McCarthy was unsteady on his feet; had trouble standing without assistance; and wreaked of alcohol. It is unclear whether he was also asked to submit to a Breathalyzer Test.
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