Tewksbury Selectman Arrested For Allegedly Driving While Drunk
Nov 15, 2019 11:21PM
● By Bill Gilman
A member of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen was arrested in Wilmington Monday night, charged with OUI-liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.
Mark Kratman, 56, of 8 Sunset Road, was arrested after being pulled over by a WPD officer around 6 p.m. after a caller reported witnessing someone driving erratically.
According to the Wilmington Police report, this would be a third OUI offense for Kratman. It was not immediately known when the other two offenses occurred.According to Massachusetts Law, if convicted for OUI-3rd offense (a felony), Kratman could face a jail term of between 6 months and 5 years, fines of $1,000 - $15,000 and a license suspension of 8 years,
In his report, the arresting officer reported witnessing Kratman's vehicle weaving and crossing over the white "fog line" and came close to hitting a utility pole on Woburn Street. The officer said he turned on his flashing lights but that it took activating his siren twice for Kratman to pull over.
The officer reported that Kratman's eyes were “red, bloodshot and glassy and there was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the area of his mouth.”
The officer also reported Kratman seemed confused and disoriented and gave multiple different answers to where he was coming from.
Kratman reportedly told the officer he'd had "like three beers" but had also taken an antibiotic and Clonazepam.
The officer said Kratman failed three field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody. At the Wilmington Police Headquarters, a Breathalyzer test was administered and Kratman reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .20, well over the legal limit of .08.
After the Breathalyzer test, Kratman's driver's license was immediately suspended.
Kratman was arraigned the following day in Woburn District Court. He is due back in court on Dec. 6 for pre-trial conferencing.
Reached by text, Kratman declined comment on his arrest.
The Tewksbury Board of Selectmen is due to meet again on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Town Hall.
Kratman was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. He has served two years (2016, 2017) as chairman of the board and has served as vice-chair since April.