Police: Woman Hands Over Liquor Receipt Instead Of License During 7th OUI Arrest

ARLINGTON (CBS) – Arlington’s police chief says he caught a repeat drunk driver who handed him a liquor receipt when he asked for her driver’s license.

Police Chief Frederick Ryan claims he saw Brenda Drinkwater, 60, of Revere, driving the wrong way and forcing cars off the road on Summer Street in Arlington around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Chief Ryan then pulled her over.

“Approaching the car, the Chief asked Drinkwater for her license and registration, and she reached into her purse and handed him a credit card and a receipt from a liquor store for a bottle of vodka,” police said in a statement.

“The Chief then saw an open bottle of vodka on her passenger seat and could clearly smell the odor of liquor on her breath.”

Drinkwater was ordered out of her car and Ryan said she was so drunk she nearly fell over.

She failed “a number of sobriety tests,” according to police, and was arrested for operating under the influence for the seventh time.

Drinkwater is also charged with operating negligently as to endanger, drinking from an open container while driving, and failure to keep to the right.


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