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February 2, 2013

Port man charged with 5th OUI

Hit officer's car, allegedly threatened to kill woman


“He mumbled something to the effect, ‘When I get out, you (expletive), I’m going to find you and (expletive) kill you,’” Scione wrote. “Officer Leavitt then stated to (Lieber), ‘You shouldn’t threaten to kill someone in front of a police officer.’”

Fowler said the woman refused treatment and was not charged.

However, after booking Lieber at the station, the situation became even more bizarre, Fowler said. While in the Salisbury Police Station’s holding cell awaiting arraignment, Lieber rose to relieve himself at the urinal in the cell, Fowler said. Losing his balance due to his state of intoxication, he fell backward, hitting his head on the cell wall, knocking himself out, and falling unconscious to the floor, Fowler said.

The officers got to him within about a minute, because he was being monitored, Fowler said, and took him to Anna Jaques Hospital, from where he was transferred to a Boston’s Beth Israel.

“I only had three officers on duty all night, and one of them had to baby sit this suspect at the hospital and then drive him to the court for arraignment in the morning,” Fowler said. “And we were very busy (Thursday night) with other calls.”

According to court documents, Lieber faces charges in two complaints. In the first complaint related to the Toll Road/Pike Street alleged hit and run, he’s charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol-fifth offense, operating while under the influence with a license suspended for a previous drunk driving conviction, leaving the scene of property damage, threat to commit crime (murder), witness intimidation, possession of class B drugs (clonazepam) and possession of class E drugs (paroxetine hydrochloride).

In the second complaint for the alleged crimes at the motel, Lieber is charged with leaving the scene of property damage and driving with a suspended license for a previous drunken-driving conviction.

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