LAWRENCE (CBS/AP) — A veteran Lowell police officer was held on bail after his arraignment Monday on charges that he was driving drunk when he caused a fatal accident in Methuen early Saturday.
A judge in Lawrence District Court set $100,000 cash bail for Eric Wayne on charges including motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol in the Methuen crash.
The judge also revoked Wayne’s bail in a 2013 drunken driving case meaning he will be held for 60 days before he can post bail. If he does make bail he must stay at home and wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. The judge also set the conditions that Wayne refrain from drinking alcohol and undergo random drug testing.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports
Police say the 41-year-old Wayne was driving west on Route 110 at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he crossed the centerline and struck an SUV head-on. The driver, 26-year-old Briant Paula of Lawrence, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His sister Lois was in the passenger seat and was seriously injured.
A Lowell native and 19-year police veteran, Wayne was off duty when the crash happened.
At the arraignment, prosecutor said that after the crash, Wayne called for a ride saying, “I need to get (expletive) out of here.”
Prosecutors also said Wayne did not have a license at the time of the crash and told police his name was Blaine.
Wayne’s license has been in a “non-renew” status since May for unpaid tolls, according to MassDOT.
Outside the courthouse, Paula’s family was furious.
“Throw away the keys just like they’ll do to me if I would have done that,” said Edwin Quezada, a relative of Paula.
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