HAVERHILL (CBS/AP) – Matt Amorello, the former head of the Big Dig, has admitted to driving drunk in an August accident.
In a hearing in Haverhill District Court Tuesday, a judge ordered Amorello to give up his driver’s license for 45 days and pay up to $1,300 in fines. He must also enter an alcohol treatment program.
The judge ordered charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident continued without a finding.
It was not a plea deal and Amorello did not plead guilty to any charges.
He “admitted to sufficient facts,” which means he agreed with the police report and the case is continued without a finding for a year.
If he stays out of trouble, the case will be dismissed on November 30, 2011.
Amorello was arrested in August after his Ford Explorer struck two parked cars on a street in Haverhill. Police said he continued to drive it even though a wheel had fallen off. The SUV was later found at a car dealership with Amorello alone inside.
After his appearance in court Tuesday, Amorello said he regretted his actions.
“I made a terrible mistake, and I’ll pay the consequences for that mistake,” he told reporters.
WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi Reports
Amorello, a former state senator, was appointed in 2002 to lead the Turnpike Authority, which oversaw the $15 billion Big Dig highway project.
He resigned under pressure from then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 after a Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapse killed a woman.
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