, Gloucester, MA

December 11, 2012

Drunken driving charges continued in two cases

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — Charges of drunken driving brought against a 22-year-old Salem man and a 53-year-old Rockport man continued without a finding in Gloucester District Court on Monday.

Jonathan G. Batista of Salem was sentenced to pay $600 in fees for drunken driving charges he accrued after the vehicle he was driving in August went off the road, struck a speed limit sign and came to rest on a granite wall.

Batista’s case was continued without a finding, though he was sentenced to pay the fees, will have his license taken away for 45 days and must attend an educational drinking and driving prevention program.

The court also found Batista responsible for driving an unregistered vehicle at the time of the Aug. 28 crash on Essex Avenue about 12:13 a.m.

Donald R. Mason of Brooks Road in Rockport was arrested last Wednesday on a charge of drunken driving. At a pretrial hearing Monday, Mason admitted to sufficient facts and was sentenced to pay $600 in fees, attend a drunken driving prevention program, and lose his license for 45 days.

Police reportedly found empty and partially empty bottles of alcohol in the running vehicle he was sleeping in near the charter school when they answered a call about the car.

Mason’s case was continued without a finding until Dec. 2013.

A 51-year-old Gloucester man’s warrant was recalled Monday and a charge of driving with a suspended license against him will be dismissed if he pays court costs and fees totaling $150.

Richard M. Perruzzi of Atlantic Street had been arrested Oct. 24 about 1:40 a.m. Police had stopped him for passing the stop sign at the intersection of Poplar and Washington streets without stopping and found he was driving with a suspended license.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or