FALMOUTH — Former Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons is heading to trial on drunk driving charges, with a date set for Jan. 27.

In a pre-trial hearing Thursday at Falmouth District Court, court documents show that Lyons waived her right to a trial by jury.

She opted instead for a bench trial — or a trial that is heard and decided by a judge alone.

Lyons retired early in August after she was arrested for allegedly operating under the influence of alcohol in Bourne in July.

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She was charged with OUI and marked lanes violations after she was pulled over by a state trooper on a Saturday night for allegedly driving erratically on Route 28 North.

The trooper gave her a field sobriety test and ultimately found her to be intoxicated, state police said.


She pleaded not guilty to the charges shortly afterwards.

According to the documents, at yesterday's pre-trial conference, the defense asked that prosecutors provide body camera footage and a booking video by Dec. 31.

Lyons worked at the Mattapoisett Police Department for 35 years, becoming police chief in 2001.

She was also named as the first female president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in 2009.

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