There was a sobriety checkpoint in Lowell

It was Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Can you guess where it was?

The checkpoint was setup at 145 Thorndike Street, which is where sobriety checkpoints are always setup in Lowell.

Despite the fact that the location of these checkpoints is common knowledge around much of the city, checkpoints in Lowell continue to yield more arrests than checkpoints in almost any other location around the state, based on what I’ve heard state police officials tell both local police and the city council.

The one this weekend led to 13 drunken driving arrests by state police, and another by Lowell Police.

What gives?

“It’s just an indication of the problem we’re dealing with, and it appears driving under the influence continues to be an issue that effects public safety on a regular basis in the city of Lowell,” Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee just told me. “That’s why we’re going to keep up these efforts until people get the message that this will not be tolerated.”

State police even sent out a press release today with the identities of all those arrested at the checkpoint and accused of drunken driving. They are listed below, and, as always, they are innocent until proven guilty.

– Matthew Lee, 31, Burlington; OUI liquor, possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, possession of a class B substance.

– Jennifer Phochanh, 30, Lowell; OUI liquor.

– Melvin Garmendiz, 37, Lowell; OUI liquor.

– Adam Spencer, 28, Lowell; OUI liquor, operating with a suspended license (subsequent offense).

– Brian Shechan, 43, Tewksbury; OUI liquor.

– Jody Smith, 41, Dracut; OUI liquor.

– Thomas Montanez, 34, Lowell; OUI liquor.

– Samross Chlim, 28, Haverhill; OUI liquor.

– Piere Som, 40, Lowell; OUI liquor (second offense).

– Joseph Maunsell, 30, Waltham; OUI liquor.

– Roman Khun, 41, Lynn; OUI liquor.

– Teathrath Men, 22, Lowell; OUI liquor.

– Danielle Dirusso, 29, Harvard; OUI liquor (second offense).

– According to Lowell Police arrest logs, Eric Tatro, 27, of 37 Whipple St., Third Floor, was arrested by city police on a charge of OUI alcohol, though I’m not sure if that was a checkpoint arrest, due to saturation patrols around the checkpoint, or an unrelated OUI arrest made elsewhere in the city.

Two other individuals will be summonsed to court to face charges they drove through the checkpoint even though their had suspended licenses.

There was also a checkpoint in Springfield this weekend. It led to 10 OUI arrests, though only 7 of those were made at the checkpoint, while three were made by saturation patrols surrounding the checkpoint.

5 responses to “There was a sobriety checkpoint in Lowell

  1. Through the 1970’s & into the early 1980’s driving drunk was considered to be a sport, not the potentially deadly undertaking it is. When I was fortunate enough to find sobriety in early 1986 and start to take a very hard look at everything that had transpired in my 23 years of alcoholic drinking, I was and still am both amazed- and grateful to be alive. God bless……..

  2. Waiting for Kenneth “I have a sneaking suspicion someone somewhere is having a good time, and that upsets me” Lavallee to retire.

    • if roadblocks keep people out of my city, i’m quite OK with that. that is, folks that aren’t drinking and driving have no issues with the roadblocks. those that have an issue are likely the exact people the cops are after. . .

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