Arlington Police report Chief Frederick Ryan was driving down Grove Street around 5:30 p.m. when he spotted a car coming down the road on the wrong side - followed by a man in another car, honking at her in a vain attempt to get her to stop.
Ryan turned on the emergency lights on his undercover car and forced Brenda Drinkwater, 60, of Revere, to pull over.
Other cars on the road were being forced off the road by the wrong-way driver. Approaching the car, the Chief asked Drinkwater for her license and registration, and she reached into her purse and handed him a credit card and a receipt from a liquor store for a bottle of vodka. The Chief then saw an open bottle of vodka on her passenger seat and could clearly smell the odor of liquor on her breath.
Chief Ryan ordered her out of the car. She nearly fell over and was extremely unsteady on her feet. After failing a number of sobriety tests, she was taken into custody.
Drinkwater was charged with OUI, seventh offense, driving to endanger, drinking from an open container while driving and failure to keep to the right.
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