HYANNIS – According to Patrolman Lima’s report, early Monday morning – 9/10/18 – a GMC Yukon drew his attention when he observed it operating erratically, speeding, and veering back and forth between travel lanes.
Officer Lima then reportedly initiated a traffic stop, but it took the driver over two entire blocks to finally come to a full stop, after rolling up onto a sidewalk that runs along High School Road in the area of the Barnstable Police Substation.
Officer Lima then reportedly observed the driver remove a glass beer bottle from the middle console and throw it on the passenger side floor.
The vehicle was noted to have a strong odor of alcoholic beverages.
Not one of the three other passengers were wearing their seat belts.
And as you will see in the following HN Video, the driver participated in several field sobriety tests, once appearing to lose his balance and stumble.
A female passenger was taken into protective custody for behavior which indicated she was highly intoxicated.
Hyannis Rescue was called for a 2nd female who was vomiting on the inside and outside of the vehicle’s backseat area. She was secured on a stretcher and transported to Cape Cod Hospital.
Washington Portilla, age 45, of West Yarmouth was reportedly cooperative during the booking process.
The result of Portilla’s breathalyzer test was documented as .13%, well over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08%.
Portilla was charged with a 2nd Offense OUI – Liquor, Speeding, Operating Recklessly So As To Endanger, and Marked Lanes violations.
Portilla reportedly had 10 additional beers on ice stored inside a cooler located to the rear of the vehicle’s interior.
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
During the arrest process the suspect reportedly mentioned the name of his employer, a well known local businessman… telling Officer Lima he’d ultimately be “letting him go [free].” The suspect then also reportedly made the point of requesting the arresting officer’s name, telling him he’d “hear about this later.”
But according to documents filed in Barnstable District Court, the suspect was, in fact, NOT let go when it came to answering the charges weighed against him… he was arraigned and scheduled for a Pretrial Hearing on the aforementioned charges…
… yet it does still remain uncertain whether Officer Lima will being hearing “about this later,” whatever in the Wide World of Sports that particular statement was suppose to mean…
The following HN Video highlights the scene of the early morning traffic stop…
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