Leominster Man Facing 3rd OUI Charge
By Cliff Clark
LEOMINSTER -- A city man was arrested Friday night for a third drunken-driving offense after crashing his vehicle into a truck and fleeing the scene, police said.
At about 8:20 p.m. Friday, the department received a 911 call from the driver of the GMC truck struck by a Hyundai driven by Michael A. Eringi, 77, of 249 Seventh St., Apt. 2, said police Lt. Michael Ciccolini.
After Eringi struck the GMC near the intersection of Seventh and Mechanic street, he fled to an area near Manning Avenue and the Columbia Tavern, Ciccolini said.
The driver of the GMC followed Eringi and alerted officers where he stopped.
When officers approached the Hyundai, said Ciccolini, they saw its bumper was missing and Eringi was still in the vehicle.
After interviewing Eringi, the officers noticed his eyes were glassy and he had a strong odor of liquor, said Ciccolini.
After refusing a field-sobriety exam, Eringi was placed under arrest.
Eringi also refused to comply with a request to have a blood alcohol content test performed while being booked.
He was charged with third-offense OUI, leaving the scene of property damage and failing to stop or yield.
If convicted, Eringi will have to pay a fine of between $1,000 and $15,000 and be incarcerated for a period not less than 180 days and not more than 2 1/2 years in a House of Correction.
Arraignment details were not available.