MERRIMAC – A local woman accused of driving drunk and then resisting arrest when police approached her outside her home Tuesday night was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail following her arraignment Wednesday in Newburyport District Court. 

Lisa Young, 53, of 81 W. Main St. was charged with a third offense of driving under the influence, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.

Her two prior drunken-driving arrests were in 2000 and occurred in Waltham and Watertown, according to court records. 

Young’s attorney, Christine DeBernardis, said her client was unlikely to post $5,000 bail as requested by Essex County prosecutor Michelle Rowland and asked Judge Allen Swan to reduce it to $500. 

Swan turned down the request.

If Young posts bail, she must remain drug and alcohol free with random screens, use a SCRAM alcohol monitoring device and must not drive.

Young, who wore a hospital gown during her arraignment, is due back in court Feb. 12 for a pretrial hearing. She was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport for evaluation and treatment after being arrested Tuesday night, according to court records. 

Merrimac police Officer Stephen A. Ringuette received word about 7:30 p.m. that a motorist was driving all over the road with the headlights off in the center of town. The driver, later identified as Young, had parked in a lot near Towne Market in Merrimac Square, according to court records. 

Ringuette saw Young’s van in the lot with its front driver’s door ajar and saw Young get into the van and start the engine. She backed out of the lot at such high speed that her tires squealed, Ringuette wrote in his report. She then turned onto East Main Street, again with her headlights off.

Ringuette followed and immediately saw her weaving all over the road, then driving in the opposite lane. She also passed slower vehicles by crossing into the opposite lane. Young turned onto Mechanic Street, striking a curb while making the turn. 

The officer turned on his lights and blared his siren in an attempt to get her to pull over. But Young continued driving erratically and eventually turned onto West Main Street. Young continued driving until she pulled into her driveway.

In his report, Ringuette said he got out of his cruiser and drew his handgun “due to her reckless behavior that could have resulted in serious bodily harm or death.”

In the report, the officer said Young got out of her van after he ordered her several times. The officer saw Young drop a nip bottle. She was then ordered to fall to her stomach so she could be handcuffed but again failed to comply. Instead, she wobbled around the van, almost losing her balance several times. She then ran into her porch as Ringuette reached for her shirt. 

“When I grabbed her shirt, she fell onto a table that was on the porch face down. I advised her to put her hands behind her back and that she was under arrest,” Ringuette wrote. 

But Young continued resisting. Eventually, a neighbor helped Ringuette corral Young. At the police station, Young complained of not feeling well and was taken to the Newburyport hospital for evaluation.

Before Young’s transport to the hospital, Ringuette went to Towne Market and spoke to a store clerk. The clerk admitted selling Young vodka nips even though she appeared very drunk. 

“I asked how she did not observe her high level of intoxication and stated that she didn’t know that she had driven. I advised her that I would be following up with the town inspectors as well as my supervisors regarding the sale,” Ringuette wrote in his report. 

Staff writer Dave Rogers can be reached at drogers@newburyportnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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