WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) — A Southampton man was arraigned at Westfield District Court yesterday on multiple charges, including operating under the influence of alcohol, after he backed into a police vehicle during a traffic stop over the weekend.
Jacob K. Devine, 26, of Southampton, was arraigned on charges of failing to stop or yield, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and operating under the influence of liquor—second offense. He was released on his personal recognizance following his arraignment.
Westfield Police reported that Devine was stopped after he was seen going at least 60 MPH on a thickly settled portion of Broad Street in Westfield. The posted limit was 30 MPH, police said. According to the statement of facts provided by the officer in court, the speed was estimated as Devine traveled past the officer in his vehicle and there was no mention of radar or LIDAR being used.
After police witnessed this, the statement of facts reports that police turned on their emergency lights and attempted to pull the vehicle Devine was operating over.
A representative of the police said that Devine, who was operating a Grey Infiniti, was seen going through an intersection with a red light and turned left while police followed. Devine reportedly stopped for police a short distance later.
According to the representative, after Devine stopped for police his vehicle backed into the police vehicle behind him, causing minor damage and no injuries. When police asked Devine what happened, the representative said Devine stated “I didn’t see you there.”
The report of the accident was also on the statement of facts, but the comments from Devine were not in it.
Police reported that once Devine exited his vehicle, he was allegedly unsteady on his feet and had glassy and bloodshot eyes, a slight slur to his words and an odor of alcohol emanating from him. Police had Devine reportedly perform field sobriety tests, which he failed.
Police also reported, according to the statement of facts, that Devine had license restrictions where he could only operate a vehicle between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. He also reportedly had a previous OUI.
According to court records, Devine’s medical records have been requested from Baystate Noble Hospital after he was allegedly transported to the hospital following his detention.
Devine is due back in court Dec. 9.
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