A 61-year-old man pleaded not guilty to a fourth offense of operating under the influence and is being held on $1,000 bail after driving his car into a cement pillar on Revere Beach Boulevard last weekend, officials said.
Henry Mazac of Chelsea was arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.
Mazac had been convicted in East Boston in 1997, in Cambridge in 1991, and in Malden in 1990. He was arrested on another drunken driving charge in 1983 but acquitted, the statement said. He is due back in court Oct. 23, the statement said.
The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when Mazac was traveling north on Revere Beach Boulevard in his 2006 Kia Sorento, the district attorney’s office said, with no headlights on.
Mazac struck a cement pillar on the sidewalk, pushing it into the roadway. He also ran over two crosswalk signs, according to Conley’s office.
A state trooper pulled up behind Mazac as he stepped out of his car to assess the damage. The trooper smelled alcohol on Mazac’s breath and clothing, according to the statement. Mazac told the trooper he had just left Kelly’s Roast Beef and previously had two drinks at Bill Ash’s Lounge.
Mazac failed sobriety tests conducted by the trooper, and could not properly recite the alphabet, stand on one leg, or walk in a straight line, the statement said. His blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly two times the legal limit, Conley’s office said.
When told that he was under arrest for operating under the influence, Mazac allegedly said, “I should have just gone home from Bill Ash’s.”Melissa Hanson can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.