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Tewksbury Police Detective Arrested On Drunk Driving Charges

Aug 29, 2014 08:16AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

A veteran Tewksbury Police detective has been placed on administrative leave following his arraignment on drunk driving charges this week.
Det. Michael Sheehan, 52, was arrested Wednesday by State Troopers after he was pulled over on Route 495 in Chelmsford. He was not on duty at the time. Sheehan, the brother of Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, was arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court.
According to court records, Sheehan was allegedly spotted driving in an erratic fashion in the northbound lane Route 495, at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, by a driver who called 911. He was then spotted by an off duty State Trooper who also reported Sheehan's Jeep Wrangler to be traveling erratically.
According to the State Police report, after being pulled over, Sheehan admitted to a Trooper that he had "made a mistake" and asked that the Trooper give him a break by driving him home instead of arresting him. During this conversation, the Trooper reported that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Sheehan's breath.
According to court documents, Sheehan also refused to take a Breathalyzer test, which resulted in his driver's license to automatically be suspended for 180 days.
Det. Sheehan was charged with OUI-alcohol (second offense). Court records indicate he has a previous conviction for drunk driving in 1985.
Following his arraignment on Thursday, Det. Sheehan was released on personal recognizance, ordered to abstain from alcohol and not drive without a valid license. He is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference on Oct. 7.
According to an article published by the Lowell Sun, Chief Timothy Sheehan deferred questions on the case to Deputy Chief John Voto, who reported that Det. Sheehan had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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