- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire woman could lose her right to drive in Massachusetts for life and spend more than two years in jail after her arrest Sunday on a fifth charge of drunken driving.

Bonnie Grant, 52, of Raymond, N.H., was held without bail following her arraignment yesterday at Newburyport District Court. She is due back in court Aug. 5 for a dangerousness hearing to determine whether she poses too much of risk to society to be given bail before her trial.

In addition to drunken driving, Grant was charged with fail to stop/yield and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. According to Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Grant could lose her driver’s license for life should she be convicted on the most serious charge.

According to the report of arresting officer Michael Mailhot, he spotted her vehicle going through a red light at 20 mph while traveling south on Route 1 past the Hanover Street intersection. A check of the car’s license plate showed that the New Hampshire registration expired on the last day of January.

After pulling Grant over, Mailhot noticed that she had glassy eyes and was moving slowly for her license while holding a cigarette.

“After she handed me her license I noticed her cigarette was burning the skin of her left hand and informed her of this. She put the cigarette out,” Mailhot wrote in his report.

After she extinguished her cigarette, Mailhot noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath when she spoke to him. Asking if she had consumed any alcohol recently, Grant told Mailhot she had two beers while at the beach. She was also slurring her words and speaking extremely slowly and deliberately.

Mailhot conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Grant and came to the conclusion that she was legally under the influence of alcohol. She was placed under arrest and taken to the station for booking. There she agreed to a blood alcohol level test and it was determined that her level was .09, just over the legal limit of .08.

Grant has had four OUI convictions with the last one taking place in 1997 when she was also convicted of OUI with serious bodily injury, according to his report.


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