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    Chelmsford police charge man with operating under the influence - 7th offense

    Francis Harrison.
    Chelmsford Police
    Francis Harrison.

    A Chelmsford man who crashed his 1980 Chevrolet Corvette into a utility pole was charged with driving under the influence, his seventh offense, police said.

    Around 10 a.m. Friday, Francis Harrison, 59, crashed his car into a mailbox and utility pole on Concord Road in Chelmsford, police said. Harrison sustained minor injuries and was taken to Lowell General Hospital for treatment, police said.

    Police concluded Harrison was driving drunk at the time of the crash, police said. He refused a blood test at the hospital, police said.


    He was arraigned Friday at the hospital and ordered held until a hearing to determine whether he poses a danger to the public. The meeting is scheduled for Friday.

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    He is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, fifth or subsequent offense, speeding, driving negligently so as to endanger, a seatbelt violation and marked lanes, violation, police said.

    Police seized his driver’s license and notified the Registry of Motor Vehicles about his new arrest.

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