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October 29, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Accused's blood alcohol was three times the legal limit

A 21-year-old restaurant worker faces drunken driving charges after police say she struck two parked cars, failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level tested at three times the legal limit.

Jessica Brantley was arrested on charges of drunken and negligent driving after the vehicle she was driving struck two cars parked on Western Avenue near the Blynman Canal drawbridge.

Responding officers reported that they immediately noted the “strong and unmistakable” odor of alcohol emanating from Brantley. Brantley failed five field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, then registered 0.24 on a blood alcohol level — the legal limit is .08. Police said she told them she had been driving home from work at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar and had drunk one beer at the restaurant after her shift.

Though the crash caused Brantley’s vehicle’s airbags to deploy and all three vehicles involved had to be towed from the scene, Brantley was not injured in the collision. Her own vehicle ended up sideways in the roadway with “heavy damage.” One of the cars she struck sustained “heavy” damage to the drivers side rear quarter panel and front bumper, and the other showed “heavy” side damage, according to police.

Police determined she had been speeding at the time of the crash, and she was charged with speeding along with the charges of operating negligently so as to endanger and drunken driving.

Mariano T. Defreitas, 39, of Ellery Street was arrested on a charge of drunken driving, failing to stop and failing to turn Saturday about 1 a.m. Police stopped him after officers saw him fail to stop, then fail to use a turn signal while turning from Railroad Avenue onto Washington Street.

Police said Defreitas told them he was driving from Stone’s Pub. He failed three sobriety tests and declined to recite his ABCs because he did not finish high school and is “not good with the alphabet,” he told police. His blood alcohol level reading was 0.17 percent.

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