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Michael Thorpe of Deerfield denies fourth drunken driving charge after crash injures pregnant woman



Wednesday, March 26, 2014
GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man Tuesday denied his fourth charge of drunken driving after an accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm and other injuries.

Michael Thorpe, 54, of 784 River Road, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court to charges of driving while under the influence of liquor, fourth offense, and failure to use care in turning.

Thorpe was arrested after police responded to a two-car crash at Mohawk Trail and River Road at 9:23 p.m. Monday.

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Police found Thorpe standing in the road, swaying on his feet and bleeding from his chin, according to a report by Officer Scott West. He found an empty nip bottle of Red Stag whiskey on the driver’s side floor of Thorpe’s vehicle.

The other driver, Lisa Yin, 26, who is six months pregnant, suffered a broken right arm as well as a back injury, according to West.

Lt. William Gordon said Tuesday that Yin will require surgery on her broken arm, but that she had not lost the baby.

Yin told police that she was westbound on the Mohawk Trail with Thorpe driving next to her, straddling the white line, when he suddenly turned left and collided with her vehicle.

Thorpe told West that he was coming from his girlfriend’s house, but police said they found a receipt for $47 from the Main Street Bar and Grille, dated Monday.

When police examined his record, they found three prior drunken driving convictions from Florida, in 1984, 1985 and 1993, according to West’s report.

Thorpe refused to take a Breathalyzer test Monday, resulting in an immediate 45-day license suspension.