Lancaster Town Administrator Apologizes Over OUI Arrest

LANCASTER (CBS) – Lancaster’s Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco is apologizing after a WBZ-TV exclusive revealed pictures of him passed out on the hood of his car back in August.

Police took the photos of Pacheco after they say he drove drunk from a strip club in Worcester all the way to a Mobil station on Route 9 in Westborough. At that point, the police report said he stopped because he couldn’t drive anymore.

“When I arrived on scene he was unconscious on the hood of his car, his pants were around his ankles,” Westborough Police officer Steve Reale told WBZ-TV ITeam Reporter Kathy Curran on Thursday.

He had also vomited on himself.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports

According to a police report, once police were able to wake Pacheco up and get him off the hood of his car he said, “I’m the town manager in Lancaster.”

After he failed three sobriety tests he said, “I’m having a really bad night.”

Pacheco issued a statement on Friday.

“I sincerely regret the events of the evening that led to my arrest, this lapse in judgment in very out of character for me,” the statement read.  “At no time did this incident affect my job performance or productivity.  I deeply regret how these actions have reflected on me and my family.  I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to making sure the duties of my office are performed under any and all circumstances, and that Lancaster remains a well managed, innovative, and efficient local government.”

Under Melanie’s Law he should have lost his license for 180 days, but he’s been granted a hardship license which allows him to drive.

Pacheco noted that he received the same punishment as many other first time offenders and did not receive any special treatment.

He also mentioned he is currently participating in a court-ordered alcohol education treatment program.

Pacheco remains on the job. The town has not commented.


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