- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BRENTWOOD — An MBTA employee who was facing more than a dozen charges after being arrested in Salem three times in three days has struck a deal with prosecutors, according to his attorney.

Some of the charges against David Jaime, 30, of Lawrence are from allegedly driving drunk, while others stem from a different incident at the Salem police station.

A trial was set for next Monday, according to court documents, but last week a prosecutor with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office reached an agreement with Jaime’s lawyer Liam Scully, Scully said Monday.

“All the domestic charges got dismissed and he plead guilty to aggravated drunk driving,” he said.

The prosecutor for the county attorney’s office, Annaliese Wolf, could not be reached for comment.

The domestic violence related charges were dropped because of insufficient evidence, Scully said.

This will likely mean some 45 days in jail, three years of probation with extensive conditions and a suspended sentence, Scully said.

The charges stem from Jaime’s arrests in Salem, N.H., and Methuen last year, where he was arrested three times within three days.

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, Jaime was drunk at a party in Salem and hit his then girlfriend, according to police.

After leaving the party, according to his November indictments, he drove away damaging some cars and crashing into Haverhill Bank in Salem, damaging some of pillars near the drive-through canopy. His blood alcohol level was 0.16 percent at the time, twice the legal limit.

He was arrested and charged with drunken driving among other charges then, and released on bail.

After that, he allegedly violated the protective order at the woman’s home in Methuen on July 28, 2014.

The same day in Salem, Jaime went to pick up his cellphone at the police department when he got into an argument with the woman.

He was initially facing 15 charges, a majority were misdemeanors. The felonies included criminal mischief, two counts of second degree assault and aggravated drunk driving.

The MBTA sergeant was placed on administrative leave shortly after the arrests. His annual salary in 2014 was $89,479, according to MBTA records.

He remains on leave, MBTA police Lt. Richard Sullivan said Monday.

“As soon as his criminal case is done, we’ll expedite a hearing on his case,” Sullivan said.

Prior to that weekend, Scully said, Jaime had no criminal history or alcohol abuse

His troubles started when Jaime returned home from serving in Iraq.

“He’s a veteran, he’s a kid who signed up for the Marines in the wake of 9/11,” Scully said.

Since returning home, Scully said, Jaime has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

“In one weekend, I think all those things got the better of him,” Scully said.

In addition, Jaime was involved in the Watertown manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

A law enforcement officer next to Jaime was shot during the manhunt, Scully said.

Jaime remains free on $100,000 bail, according to court documents.

And he’s doing better, taking advantage of programs offered by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, Scully said.

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