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January 17, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Driver loses license, gets probation for DUI

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GLOUCESTER — A 21-year-old South Hamilton man has lost his license for a total of 45 days and been placed on probation for allegedly driving under the influence after a hearing Monday in Gloucester District Court.

The criminal complaints against Benjamin Chmura, of Ashbury Street in South Hamilton, stem from an incident on Nov. 18, when Essex police noticed his vehicle cross over into the wrong lane, twice, around 2 a.m.

Chmura agreed to a breath-alcohol test, police said, and his blood alcohol level proved to be .114 percent, then, 15 minutes later, .111 percent — both over the legal limit of .08 percent.

He admitted to sufficient facts resulting in him being charged with marked lanes violations and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

According to the report, Chmura said he was trying to drive home his girlfriend, who was vomiting in the back seat as he drove through Essex.

He was also ordered to pay approximately $600 in court fees, with his probation to run through Jan. 14, 2014.

Robert Frazier, 45 of of 180 Main St., pleaded guilty to an incident of disorderly conduct on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, officers responded after a door to a Sargent Street business was left open. Based on a description placed by the caller, police found Frazier shortly after, and he struggled with police.

The police report said he had a bottle of vodka in his jacket pocket and had bloodshot eyes.

Frazier was ordered to pay a $150 fine.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at

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