Tuesday, July 20, 2010

State Rep. candidate arrested for OUI

Breaking news this weekend from Greenfield...Martin McGuane, who is one of five Democrats vying for the nomination for State Representative in the Second Franklin District, has been arrested and arraigned for OUI and an open container violation. From the Recorder:
GREENFIELD -- Martin A. McGuane, one of six candidates in the race for a state House seat, was arraigned Monday on misdemeanor charges involving alcohol in a vehicle.

McGuane, 53, of 252 Davis St., was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and driving with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He pleaded innocent to the charges Monday in district court.
Michael Henry of MontagueMatters is calling on McGuane to drop out of the race. He is also reporting that McGuane's campaign Web site has been taken offline.

The Second Franklin District includes five towns in Franklin County and Athol in Worcester County. There are currently five Democrats and one Republican running for the seat.

Update: More from Masslive.com and the Springfield Republican, including results of the breathalyzer and the brews in McGuane's car:
McGuane agreed to take a field sobriety test that requires walking a straight line and touching the tip of a pen. Haskins concluded that he failed the test and arrested him. McGuane was brought to the Greenfield police station where he took several breathalyzer tests, averaging 0.19 percent alcohol, twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Police notified McGuane that his license is being suspended. In his car, officers also found two empty bottles of BBC Steel Rail beer and a 1.5 liter bottle of pinot grigio with about an inch of wine left in the bottom of the bottle.

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