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August 3, 2013

Rockport man guilty on 6th OUI charge

A Salem Superior Court jury has found a Rockport man guilty of a sixth case of driving under the influence of alcohol, while also leaving the scene of an accident where a pedestrian was hit, all stemming from a crash in February 2011.

According to court records, Steven P. Pierce, who turned 53 Friday, was driving intoxicated in Rockport in February of 2011 when he struck a South Street man with his truck, then left the scene. The victim was transported from the scene to Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Pierce, who is due to face sentencing on Aug. 14, was released on $5,000 bail, is to have no contact with the person he struck with his truck, is required to attend multiple Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week, is subjected to random drug and alcohol tests and was ordered to wear a monitoring device on his ankle, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, speaking for the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

According to court records, it was on Feb. 13, 2011 and just before 6 p.m. that Rockport police received a call about a pickup truck driving on Thatcher Road without headlights and driving erratically.

“I observed it to be favoring the right side of the road almost coming in contact with the snow banks then jerking back quickly over to the left,” the 2011 police report from Sgt. Robert Tibert reads.

Pierce then struck the South Street man with the mirror of his truck, police said. But Pierce did not initially stop near his house on Warren Court until the police siren was sounding; he told police he did not see the blue police lights behind him.

The police report stated that Pierce had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol, Pierce told police he had a couple of vodka drinks when asked.

He could not, however, perform field sobriety tests, police said.

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