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Three People Arrested on OUI Charges in New Bedford Sunday

Drinking and Driving
Danny Hooks

NEW BEDFORD – New Bedford Police have arrested three people in separate incidents after they were found operating vehicles under the influence.

At 1:15 a.m. Sunday, New Bedford Police received a report of a hit and run accident in the area of 47 Sycamore Street in the city’s west end. A 47-year-old woman was struck by a car and sustained minor injuries. She was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment. Police soon found a vehicle with damage consistent with a hit and run accident abandoned in the area. The vehicle belonged tto Alisha Papke, 30, of New Bedford. Police found Papke near her home and determined she was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, second offense. Papke’s first OUI liquor offense was from May 2016.

Later that morning, at 3:09 a.m., New Bedford Police observed a vehicle driving over the speed limit in the area of Union Street, nearly striking two officers that were standing in the street trying to get the driver’s attention. Police were able to stop the vehicle on Park Street. They determined the driver, Logan McNamara, 32, of Dartmouth, was under the influence of alcohol. McNamara was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding.

A Bridgewater man was also charged by New Bedford Police after he was found in his vehicle under the influence of drugs. Police were called to the intersection of Ellen and Cleveland Streets in New Bedford’s south end at 5:42 p.m. Sunday for a report of a possible overdose. Police found the man, Walter Pedro, 45, in his vehicle, which was running. Police also found evidence of drug use in the car and determined Pedro was under the influence of drugs. Pedro is charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

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