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February 2, 2013

Port man charged with 5th OUI

Hit officer's car, allegedly threatened to kill woman

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“The victim reported he was traveling south on Toll Road and had a green light,” Fowler said. “As he entered the intersection, a vehicle traveling north cut in front of him turning east and striking him head-on. He said the vehicle drove east and had appeared to be stopping, but just kept driving east.”

Salisbury Sgt. Eugene Scione was dispatched to the accident, according to the report, and upon arriving found the victim still in his car. However, a witness of the accident, after checking on the victim, followed Lieber until he stopped at a Collins Road address, Scione wrote.

Scione, officer James Leavitt and the victim proceeded to the Collins Street address, where Lieber was found sitting at a picnic table. While there, the victim identified the car as the one that hit him and Scione learned the vehicle’s description and plate number matched that of the vehicle involved in the accident at Beach Cove Cabins. He also learned that Lieber had four OUI convictions.

In his report, Scione said he found Lieber so intoxicated, the smell of alcohol was “overwhelming,” he “swayed in a circular motion” when he stood, and his speech was so slurred “he was almost completely unintelligible.”

While at the Collins Street address, Lieber’s female companion came out of the house, bleeding from her nose, which Scione reported appeared to be broken. The woman, who also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, told police they had been drinking at the Chop Shop in Seabrook.

“He wouldn’t let me drive and now look what happened,” the woman told police, adding Lieber was “too drunk to drive,” according to Scione’s report.

It was after being arrested and handcuffed, and while being escorted to the cruiser by Leavitt, that Lieber threatened his female companion’s life as he walked past her, Scione wrote.

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