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Quincy official won't be charged with drunk driving

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 29, 2013 12:28 PM

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An administrator in the Quincy Mayor’s office will not face drunk driving charges after a hearing at Quincy District Court determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge her.

According to Clerk Magistrate Arthur Tobin, an assistant clerk found Helen Murphy, who works as Quincy’s Director of Operations, responsible only for a marked lanes violation.

Murphy will face a $100 fine for the offense.

On the other two complaints – operating under the influence of alcohol, and operating to endanger – Tobin said there was “insufficient evidence” to charge her.

Tobin would not name who conducted the hearing, only saying that it was an assistant clerk in his office, and that he reviewed the case after the fact.

Murphy had initially faced problems with police after getting into an accident on the Fore River Bridge on March 3.

According to police, the accident happened on the northbound, Weymouth side of the bridge and blocked both lanes of traffic. Murphy was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Murphy allegedly told the officer she was coming from Hingham Beer Works.

Police said they issued several citations against Murphy, but had not charged her.

Murphy was back to work shortly after the accident. Officials in the mayor’s office had no comment on the latest development in the case.

According to the city's website, Murphy works with all departments to oversee the day-to-day operation of the city on behalf of the Mayor.

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