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A sobering celebration

Area sees few OUI arrests over Fourth

July 06, 2010
Too many alcoholic drinks mixed with partying and a set of car keys can typically be a recipe for tragedy on the roadway. They July 4 weekend seems to be a happy exception.

Area police arrested only three people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol over Independence Day weekend from July 2 through July 5, according to Dudley District Court records. The incidents were in Oxford and Dudley and Sturbridge. None occurred in Southbridge or Charlton.

Otherwise, police were busy with other minor crimes such as assault, possession of alcohol under 21, disorderly conduct and other motor vehicle offences, according to court records.

While July 4 celebrations can sometimes spell disaster on the roadways, Charlton Police Chief James Pervier said officers always have a "higher vigilance," for DUI around the nation's birthday.

"They didn't make an observation [of drunken drivers]," he said. "A lot of times there is more consumption of alcohol [around July 4] and people get behind the wheel."

Southbridge Police Chief Daniel Charette, who is acting town manager this week, could not be reached for comment.

Sturbridge Police Sgt. Kevin Mercier could not be reached but his department arrested one woman on a slew of alcohol and other charges around 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 6. Sandra Fula, 33, of Somerville, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (second offense), driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a suspended license for DUI, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to wear a seatbelt. She was also charged with unlawful possession of fireworks.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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