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74-year-old arrested on fifth DUI charge drove without tire, police say

Joseph Lynsky allegedly drove one mile using this as a tire, police said.
Joseph Lynsky allegedly drove one mile using this as a tire, police said.MAYNARD POLICE

A 74-year-old Maynard man was arrested Saturday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol for the fifth time and while his front right tire was almost completely gone, police said.

A picture provided by Maynard police shows what was described as Joseph Lynsky’s hubcap and the remains of a tire that was almost completely shredded down to the rim.

Lynsky pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Concord District Court Monday to charges of driving under the influence of liquor, negligent motor vehicle operation, and driving with a defective tire, police said in a statement.

“Police determined that Joseph Lynsky drove approximately one mile from his residence with almost no front right tire,” the statement said.

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Pedestrians alerted an officer at about 10:50 a.m. that a vehicle was driving down Main Street on its rim. The officer pursued the car and saw the driver, later identified as Lynsky, exit the car.

The officer “stopped to assist Lynsky and immediately noticed that he was very unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol,” according to police.

“The actions of this individual were extremely reckless as he put his own life and the lives of all other motorists and pedestrians in danger,” Police Chief Mark Dubois said in the statement. “Thanks to the swift action of residents and the quick response by police, this man was taken into custody without incident.”


J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.