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Braintree officer says driver, 17, admitted she wouldn't pass Breathalyzer; scores 0.14

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 08, 2008 @ 09:57 AM

BRAINTREE -
Police say a Braintree teenager was brutally honest with them after she was pulled over with a blown-out tire, telling them she was "too drunk" to pass sobriety tests and had had "a lot" to drink.
Officer Phillip Yee stopped Valerie F. LaPaglia, 17, at Hancock and Plain streets early Saturday morning after watching her drive through a red light in a car with a flat tire. Asked how much she'd had to drink, LaPaglia told Yee "a lot," police said. Yee said that when he asked the teenager to step out of the car and perform sobriety tests, she said she would fail because she was too drunk.
A Breathalyzer test taken at the Braintree police station showed LaPaglia's blood alcohol content at 0.14 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Yee said the girl seemed unaware that she had been driving on a shredded tire, and told him that she had hit a curb while driving home from a house party. The girl gave police no other details about where she was coming from or where she drank the alcohol. Police found beer and vodka in her car.
Yee stopped her at the intersection of Hancock Street and Plain streets.
LaPaglia faces charges of drunken driving; driving with a suspended license; failure to stop for a red light; a junior operator's license violation; and being under 21 in possession of alcohol.
LaPaglia graduated from Braintree High School in June.

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