NEWBURY – A Merrimac man was fined $1,200 and lost his driver’s license for three months Friday after police caught him going nearly 100 mph in Newbury while more than twice the legal drunken-driving limit last week, according to court records.
During his appearance in Newburyport District Court, David P. Ramos, 52, of 12 Abbott St., admitted a judge or jury could find him guilty of a second OUI offense and was sentenced to two years of probation.
During that time, he must complete an alcohol safety awareness program, pay $1,050 in fees and fines and not drive for 90 days. He also was found responsible for speeding. He was also fined $150 on unrelated charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. That charge was continued without a finding for two years.
Police said in a report that Ramos was driving in the fourth lane on Interstate 95 north near Exit 56 about 9:45 p.m. on July 2 when Trooper Ryan Durkin clocked him driving between 95 and 100 mph. Durkin was traveling in the third lane and saw Ramos’ sedan quickly approach him from behind.
“As the approaching sedan was about to pass my cruiser, it rapidly de-accelerated,” Durkin wrote in his report. “I slowed in an attempt for the vehicle to pass me to affect a traffic stop. However, as I slowed down the sedan slowed in an attempt not to pass me. Both the cruiser and sedan slowed to a rate of 50 mph causing approaching traffic to build up behind us.”
Ramos eventually passed Durkin’s cruiser, allowing him to turn on his blue lights. Ramos almost struck a car as he changed lanes but eventually pulled over in the breakdown lane.
He told Trooper Matthew LaVita, who also had arrived, that he was heading home from a friend’s house in Gloucester. LaVita noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Ramos and ordered him out of the car.
While LaVita was getting out, Durkin saw an open bottle of hard lemonade in the back seat. Three more cans of alcoholic beverages were later found.
Ramos was unable to complete a series of field sobriety tests based on what he called a “medical condition,” but Durkin had already determined Ramos was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him. At the state police barracks in Newbury, Ramos blew a .22 blood-alcohol level, almost three times the legal limit of .08 for drunken driving.
A check of Ramos’ record showed a previous drunken-driving charge was continued without a finding in 2003, according to Durkin’s report.
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