Around 2:45AM, officers from District A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to the intersection of Washington and Kneeland Streets for a motor vehicle accident where one of the parties was reporting the other one to be drunk.
On arrival, officers spoke to the caller/victim who reported that she was proceeding through a green light on Kneeland St. at the intersection of Washington St. when she was struck by the suspect who was traveling inbound on Washington Street and had a red light. Officers then spoke to the operator of the other car who admitted to officers that he had consumed one drink. The suspect was unsteady on his feet, had glassy eyes, slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol while talking to officers. Based on their observation, officers formed the opinion that the suspect was operating under the influence of alcohol. As a result, officers offered the suspect to perform sobriety tests to confirm or refute the officers’ beliefs that he was incapable of safely operating his vehicle.
The suspect agreed to perform the sobriety tests and failed the first test by failing to recite the alphabet in while by skipping letter s and stopping at the letter ‘T.’ The suspect then failed both the ‘nine step walk and turn’ test and the ‘one legged stand.’ Having failed all the sobriety tests, officers confirmed their belief that the suspect’s ability to safely operate his car had been compromised by his consumption of alcohol. The suspect, Marlon S. Pina, 39 of West Roxbury was then arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.