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January 4, 2013

club's role in fatality probed


According to court documents, Salisbury police officer Michael Tullercash conducted an interview with Pollard the day following the crash and was told that Pollard was waiting for Sarkis to finish his shift at the North End Boat Club so he could get a ride back home. Pollard told police he couldn’t recall whether Sarkis was drinking while on duty.

In a separate interview with Salisbury police officer James Leavitt, Pollard said Bergeron was Sarkis’ girlfriend and that he was well-versed in the area, adding there was no possible way he didn’t know where he was going. He said it was common practice for Sarkis to drive him back to his Beach Road address from the North End Boat Club.

Court documents also show that Sarkis consented to a blood alcohol analysis and two vials of his blood were obtained as samples.

Sarkis was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one count of felony vehicular homicide and multiple drunken driving charges inside his hospital room. He is being held on $100,000 cash bail and is expected in Newburyport District Court on Jan. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Sarkis was arraigned on two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, marked lanes and failure to wear a seat belt. Salisbury police Sgt. Robert Roy first issued the complaint against Sarkis at Newburyport District Court.

The North End Boat Club was last cited by the city’s own Liquor Licensing Commission back in 2001 for permitting an illegality on the licensed premises, a broad term that covers several different violations including over-serving patrons or serving liquor to a minor. As a result of the violation, the club’s liquor license was suspended one day.

A manager at the North Shore Boat Club yesterday declined to comment on the investigation or the incident when approached by a reporter.

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