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Sex offender faces charges of driving under influence of drugs with child as passenger

A Hyannis man pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday to charges of driving while under the influence of oxycodone pills with his girlfriend’s 9-year-old son in the car, police said.

Craig Martin, 41, is was charged with intimidation of a witness, operating under the influence of drugs, and possession of Class B and Class E substances, a police report said. He was arraigned in Barnstable District Court, and held on $1,000 cash bail, said Brian Glenny, assistant district attorney for the Cape and islands.

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Around 6 p.m., an officer responded to reports of a car hitting a sign in front of the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, the report said. Police were unable to locate the vehicle that hit the sign, which was identified as a gray Ford Explorer.

A short time later, police found a gray Ford Explorer at the Burger King on Route 132 in West Barnstable, with damage to its side mirror. Inside the restaurant, the officer found Martin, along with a 9-year-old child.

Employees told police that Martin was falling asleep while standing in line, and had been stumbling around, and that the boy was upset, crying, and asking for help. Employees also told police that Martin grabbed the child by the arm and tried to pull him from the restaurant until employees intervened.

Martin, who has previous convictions for narcotics violations, told the officer he had just taken two oxycodone tablets, and that he did not have a prescription for them, police said.

Police also found a container attached to Martin’s keychain which contained a Xanax tablet and muscle relaxers in addition to oxycodone tablets, according to the report.

Martin was arrested, and the boy was returned to his mother. The Department of Child Services was contacted.

Police could not comment on what sexual offenses Martin had committed.

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.
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