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Saugus: Driver in March 10 crash charged with DUI

Posted: March 18, 2013 5:58 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 5:58 p.m.

A 62-year-old Acton man injured in a rollover crash in Saugus a week ago was charged with impaired driving, local sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Joseph Lawrence Furlong was treated and released from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on March 10 shortly after firefighters pulled him from his red Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that had flipped over on Bouquet Canyon Road near Pam Court.

Furlong was found trapped inside his overturned truck about 6:30 p.m. March 10. Firefighters were “able to open the driver’s-side door and to remove suspect from inside the vehicle,” the responding deputy wrote.

He reported he “immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from (the suspect’s) breath and body. He had bloodshot/watery eyes and a slow speech,” the deputy wrote in his report.

The arresting deputy alleged the suspect consumed “six to eight” 24-ounce cans of Coors Light beer at a friend’s house before the crash.

He also noted he found one “cold ... half-empty” can of the beer inside the flipped truck, he wrote in the report.

Joseph Lawrence Furlong is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to appear in Newhall Municipal Court in May.
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