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Local Man Held Without Bail After 5th OUI Arrest

A local man was ordered held without bail in Lynn District Court this afternoon after he was arrested for his fifth drunken driving offense Monday night.

A Marblehead man was ordered held without bail Tuesday in Lynn District Court after being arrested by Swampscott Police for driving under the influence of alcohol for the fifth time Monday night.

Michael J. Keenan, 46, of 80 Roosevelt Ave., Marblehead, pleaded innocent to charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, fifth offense, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

At 11:46 p.m., Swampscott police officers responded to a report of a hit and run accident on Burpee Road. When officers arrived, Keenan had reportedly driven his Honda CRV away from the accident to a nearby driveway on Burpee Terrace.

Officers reportedly found Keenan with his belt open and his pants down in his vehicle and he had a "large wet stain on the crotch of his pants," according to court documents. He also reportedly told arresting officers that he had "way, way too much" to drink and refused to submit to a blood or alcohol test.

The owner of the vehicle Keenan allegedly struck told him she was waiting at a red light at the intersection of Burpee Road and Essex Street when Keenan "took a very wide right turn onto Burpee Road and crossed into (her) lane and struck the rear quarter panel of her Toyota Rav4," according to court documents.

When officers were transporting him back to the police station, Keenan "was slumped over and snoring," and caused the officer's cruiser to "stink of alcoholic beverages," according to a police report.

After he reportedly passed out at the police station and became unresponsive, Keenan was transported to Salem Hospital for medical attention. He was reportedly brought back to the station at 5:30 a.m. to continue the booking process.

Keenan was arrested for operating while under the influence of alcohol in Somerville on March 12, 1984; in Cambridge on June 19, 1986; again in Cambridge on June 30, 1986; and in Somerville on May 6, 1992.

Keenan is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

F.B. King October 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM
OK. FIVE arrests for DUI??? What the .....?????? We let these guys continue driving after even ONE DUI?? I don't get it. How many more kids, how many more moms with strollers, how many neighborhoods trashed by deaths and injuries caused by these people? Why are we so apparently reluctant to take these idiots off the streets?? Sorry, my good generous liberal heart is not allowing me ANY patience with this ... F.B. King
Peter Lake, LAKE Real Estate October 14, 2011 at 03:13 PM
So doing the math: if he was just arrested after five DUI's that means he still got to walk -- and drive - the streets after FOUR arrests! Well, thank goodness the system has finally cracked down on drunk drivers. I feel so much safer thanks to the great judges we have running the courts.

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