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Police: Driver Falling Down, Another Without Headlights Indicate Drunk Driving

The following information was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Braintree police arrested two local people for drunk driving last week in separate incidents after one of them reportedly fell down after parking her car and the other drove erratically through town.

On the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 7, police responded to Common Street after a motorist told them they saw a woman – later identified as Deborah J. Mielko, 57 of Quincy – exit her car and fall down.

When Officer Paul Hamilton arrived, he observed signs of intoxication and saw that Mielko's front right tire was blown, possibly from hitting the curb, Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.

She refused sobriety tests and back at the police station recorded a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit, Jenkins said. Mielko was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (third offense) and
intimidation of a witness, after making threats towards the arresting officer.

Then on Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, a 66-year-old Braintree man was arrested after at first failing to stop for police officers on Pearl Street.

Paul W. McAdams allegedly drove erratically and without headlights, hitting the curb twice before stopping on Liberty Street, Jenkins said.

The arresting officer smelled alcohol on McAdams and had him perform sobriety tests. He was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

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