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Wilbraham man facing second OUI offense

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A Wilbraham man is under arrest, accused of driving with a suspended license while under the influence.

Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk said that around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a Carew Street residence after an unknown vehicle, occupied by someone the homeowner did not know, had parked in the driveway.  

Officers arrived on-scene and spoke to the driver who reportedly said that he was waiting for a friend.  When asked for his name, the driver allegedly would not provide it to officers.

"Finally, he handed our officers an expired drivers license from 2013. He was asked if it was him, and his response was maybe," Wilk explained.

Police added that an open container of beer was also seen inside one of the cup holders.  When officers spoke the driver, later identified as 50-year-old Stephen Burns of Wilbraham, a strong smell of alcohol was reportedly detected.

Burns was asked to step out of the vehicle and as he did, "he was very unsteady on his feet," Wilk explained.

Burns was placed under arrest on charges including operating under the influence of liquor (second offense), possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Officers reportedly found four full cans of beer and five empty vodka nips in the vehicle before it was towed from the scene.

Burns was held on $290 bail.  His arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Chicopee District Court.

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