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October 1, 2013

Rockport man to see jail time for drunken driving conviction

ROCKPORT — A former Rockport man has been sentenced to 31/2 to five years in a state prison and handed additional probation time after being found guilty on his fifth drunken-driving conviction.

Steven Pierce, 53, was found guilty in August of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a charge stemming from an incident in February 2011.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said Judge Timothy Feeley handed down the sentence Monday. Kimball Monahan said Pierce is also expected to serve three years’ probation and must remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random testing.

Pierce’s conviction also means his license is revoked for life. Kimball Monahan said he also paid $2,500 in fines, in addition to some court fees. He will be credited with having already served 139 days of his sentence.

The DA’s office, through prosecutor Ashlee Logan, initially asked for a four- to five-year prison sentence, Kimball Monahan said.

Kimball Monahan said Pierce was found to have four previous DUI convictions, but other records show he has been involved in six drunken-driving incidents, dating to 1979.

A Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman told the Times in 2011 that Pierce had a valid license at the time of his most recent arrest at that time because it was one month before the state’s lifetime look-back law.

At that time of the stop, Rockport police received a call about a pickup truck erratically driving on Thatcher Road without headlights. Police said that the mirror of Pierce’s truck also struck a pedestrian walking in South Street, and Pierce did not initially stop close to the site where the accident occurred, according to court documents.

The police report also noted that Pierce had bloodshot eyes, emitted a strong odor of alcohol and could not stand without police assistance.

Pierce was represented by Gloucester-based attorney Ed O’Reily.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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