At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, police were called to Lexington Street for a motor vehicle crash.
Upon arrival, an officer found a tractor trailer with a car carrier on the right shoulder with severe rear damage. Next to the truck was a black car with heavy front end damage.
The responding officer noted the driver of the black car was unsteady on his feet, and appeared to have slurred speech. Police notified the man that because airbags had been deployed on the vehicle, medical treatment would be required at the scene. The driver, however, said several times that he was OK.
After requesting medical assistance, the officer approached the man and asked for his driver’s license, but the man “just stood and looked at me with a gaze,” said the officer in his report.
According to the officer, the man’s eyes were red and watery and an odor of alcohol emanated from the man’s breath.
The driver said he did not see the truck and crashed into it. When officers asked if he had been drinking, he said, “Yes … Five to ten beers or so.”
Police conducted a field sobriety test, and the man failed in several areas. When asked to recite the alphabet, the man began with A, reached G, continued by saying the letter J, and then skipped to M,N,O,P, according to police.
Officers took the man into custody and he blew a blood alcohol content of .29%.
Police arrested Mark H. Jordan, 53, of 31 Carroll Road, Woburn, and charged him with operating under the influence of liquor.