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Wrong-Way Driver on Summer Street Charged with 7th OUI

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan made the stop and arrest Monday evening.

Brenda Drinkwater. Credit: Arlington Police Department
Brenda Drinkwater. Credit: Arlington Police Department

A 60-year-old Revere woman who was driving the wrong way on Summer Street Monday evening was arrested and charged with operating under the influence for the seventh time, according to police.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan pulled over Brenda Drinkwater in his unmarked cruiser at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Ryan saw Drinkwater driving the wrong direction on Summer Street, police said. Another man was driving behind Drinkwater repeatedly honking his horn and yelling at her to stop, according to police. Other cars were reportedly being forced off the road by Drinkwater.

When Ryan asked for Drinkwater’s license and registration, she allegedly handed him a credit card and a receipt for a bottle of vodka. Ryan then spotted an empty bottle of vodka on Drinkwater’s passenger seat and smelled liquor on her breath.

Drinkwater was visibly drunk at the scene and “extremely unsteady” on her feet, police said. She was taken into custody after failing a number of field sobriety tests, according to police.

In addition to OUI, Drinkwater was charged with operating negligently as to endanger, drinking from an open container while driving and failure to keep to the right. 

dandaman606 May 14, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Her name is Drinkwater !
Wind Dummy 25 May 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Eeyoww... look what vodka can do to you. When asked for her stuff she gave the policeman a credit card wow! Truth is funnier than fiction unreal. Lock that woman up if she will not comply for crying out loud she could have hurt many people. Wittnesses galore I see in that moving caravan to where ever she was going. Rehab I hope.
J May 15, 2014 at 08:21 AM
I didn't see driving on a suspended license on the list of charges. If she has 6 previous DUI arrests and still has a driver's license there's something seriously wrong with the system. She should be forced to take antabuse as a bail condition, it's a medication that makes you sick if you drink on it.
Mark Kaepplein May 15, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Jimmy Kimmel showed her picture during his monologue. I don't think he named Arlington, however.
Frank Mulligan June 09, 2014 at 07:23 PM
7Th DUi. They don't care. Until someone gets KILLED. Then they go to JAIL. We need a better LAW PASSED. We should put her name and picture on line and on TV. To teach them a LESSON.

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