A 61-year-old man pleaded not guilty to his fourth charge 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 this 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 previously 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.
Mazac is due back in court Oct. 23 for a probable cause hearing, the statement said.
At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Mazac was traveling north on Revere Beach Boulevard. His 2006 Kia Sorento had no headlights on, the statement said.
Mazac struck a cement pillar on the sidewalk, pushing it into the roadway. He also ran over two crosswalk signs, the statement said.
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. Mazac told the trooper he had just left Kelly’s Roast Beef and previously had two drinks at Bill Ash’s Lounge, the statement said.
Mazac failed sobriety tests conducted by the trooper. He could not properly recite the alphabet, stand on one leg, or walk in a straight line. His blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly two times the legal limit, the statement 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 can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson