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Lori Jean Drew of South Deerfield arrested on sixth drunken driving charge

GREENFIELD — A South Deerfield woman with five previous drunken driving convictions has been arrested again on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol.

Lori Jean Drew, 51, of 16 Settright Road, was arrested Thursday night after allegedly hitting a parked car while drunk. She is charged with operating under the influence of liquor, sixth offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle as to endanger; and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

She was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Friday and ordered held without bail while awaiting trial.

Police found Drew allegedly sitting alone in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck after they responded to 72 Hope St., where a parked car was reported hit at 11:34 p.m. Thursday.

The woman told police she had been heading back to South Deerfield, and fell asleep at the wheel, according to a report filed by officer Jason Haskins.

She also said that six hours earlier she had methadone treatment and a sandwich, and drank two 12-ounce cans of beer, wrote Haskins.

When the truck was searched during the standard pre-tow inventory, “about 16” open beer cans were found, one of them in a foam sleeve and still cold, according to a report filed by officer Emily Rowell.

Also in the car were several bags of clothing, a “copious amount of trash and coupons” and other items, wrote Rowell.

Haskins wrote that the woman failed multiple field sobriety tests, and an on-scene alcohol breath test read 0.167 percent, slightly more than twice the 0.08 percent legal limit. A second test, at the police station, was unsuccessful, and the woman refused to try again.

Drew was last convicted of drunk driving in a 1996 case; her first conviction for the offense came after a 1984 arrest. Her criminal record also showed several charges of driving after her license was suspended for drunken driving, and several other drunken driving charges that were dismissed or otherwise not prosecuted.

Drew is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

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