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The Boston Herald
By Rory Schuler/ Arlington Advocate
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 – Updated:11:11 AM EST
Winchester, Mass. – Clad in only a pair of unmentionables and a tank top, police suspected an Arlington man of driving under the influence long before he failed the alphabet test twice.
Shortly after midnight, June 30, police followed a vehicle driven by Mark A. Gillis, 19, of Foxmeadow Lane, taking note of the car’s alleged excessive speed and screeching tires.
Police said they watched as Gillis turned wide into oncoming traffic, and feverishly applied his brakes, on and off rapidly. They eventually pulled his vehicle over at Lockland Road and High Street around 12:45 a.m.
Police said Gillis was barefoot, donning only a pair of underwear and a tank top. They said he stared at them with glassy, bloodshot eyes.
“I just want to go home,” he allegedly told police, according to a report on file at the Winchester Police Station.
After repeatedly asking for the man’s driver’s license, police said he explained “he left his license in his other pants.”
During a failed field sobriety test, Gillis attempted to recite the alphabet, making it to the letter “P” the first time, but stopping short of the letter “K” on his second try.
Police reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Gillis, as they interviewed him at the scene, and as they transported him back to the station in a police cruiser.
He has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle on a public way while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stay in marked lanes, speeding, and operation of a motor vehicle without a license.
During booking, police said Gillis sobbed uncontrollably and stated he had not been drinking, but instead, had taken “many prescription [drugs] including Adavan (sic), Zoloft and Cymbalta.”
After initially refusing a Breathalyzer test, police gave Gillis time to reconsider.
Police reported that while they awaited his final decision, he asked, “If I had only four drinks in a seven hour period, would I pass the test?”
He then went on to say, once again, “I didn’t have that much to drink.” Police locked Gillis up prior to his bail hearing.