BOURNE, MASS. (WHDH) - Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving while intoxicated on Cape Cod, officials said.
Lyons, 61, is facing charges including operating under the influence of liquor and marked lanes violation, according to a Massachusetts State Police spokesman.
A trooper patrolling Route 28 north in Bourne around 10:50 p.m. on Saturday spotted a 2014 Lexus GX460 that was being driven erratically, the spokesman said.
The driver, later identified as Lyons, initially told the trooper that she had not had anything to drink and that she was “dodging other people trying to cut her off” as she drove back from a golf course, court documents indicated.
“I don’t feel like I have to,” Lyons allegedly said when the trooper asked her to get out of her vehicle. “I’m not challenging you by any means, but I am the police chief of Mattapoisett.”
When Lyons tried to get out of her car to perform a sobriety test, the trooper had to remind her that her seat belt was still on, according to the documents.
Before agreeing to the test, Lyons allegedly told the trooper, “You do what you have to do, bud.” After reportedly failing the test, Lyons stated, “Sorry I put you in a bad situation.”
In a statement, Mattapoisett officials said, “The Town is taking the matter very seriously and is thoroughly examining the details of the case. Citizens can expect appropriate and swift action following our investigation.”
Lyons has since been released on personal recognizance.
She is expected to be arraigned on Falmouth District Court.
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