- Saturday, October 01, 2011
Eduardo Alementa Torres, originally from Mexico, was arrested Saturday morning in Boxborough for his sixth DUI. Torres was driving with an expired inspection sticker when police pulled him and saw a beer bottle on the passenger seat. After the officer detected a strong alcohol odor and conducted a field sobriety test, Torres submitted to a Breathalyzer. The test showed his blood-alcohol concentration (“BAC”) was .09 percent, above the Massachusetts’ legal limit of .08 percent.
According to police, Torres had no identification on him and provided a false name but were able to identify him by running his fingerprints through an automated identification system. Police learned that Torres was a previously deported fugitive and had two prior drunk driving convictions in Massachusetts and one in California.
Torres arrest is part of a growing controversy surrounding illegal immigrants. In 2013, a nationwide program entitled “Secure Communities” will require fingerprints of all suspects arrested in Massachusetts would be sent to federal immigration authorities for screening. Suspects found living in the country illegally could face deportation. While supporters have argued the program targets violent offenders and is vital for public safety, Governor Deval Patrick and other opponents have said that it could also encourage racial profiling and sow distrust of police in immigrant communities.
While the future of the Secure Communities program is unclear, the severity of Torres’ charges are not. Boxborough police charged Torres with operating under the influence of alcohol; operating with a suspended registration; operating an unregistered vehicle; possessing an open container of liquor in a vehicle; operating with a suspended driver’s license; giving a false name to a police officer; and operating without an inspection sticker. He was arraigned Monday today in Ayer District Court and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for October 3, 2011.