Citizens Help Nab Drunk Driver

by | Dec 22, 2013

On Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM the Auburn Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a motorist traveling all over the road, crossing into on-coming traffic on Route 20 (Washington Street). The callers told police that the erratic operator was in a silver Toyota Camry and was coming from the Worcester / Millbury area headed towards the center of Auburn.

Veteran Auburn Police Officer, Keith Chipman, was working a SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD & SCHOOL PATROL which is a Federally funded grant awarded to the Auburn Police to provide increased police visibility and enforcement in problematic areas of a community.

Officer Chipman located the vehicle on Millbury Street as it passed him in the opposite direction. The operator, Ms. Tumelo Graveline (age 21) of Auburn, told Officer Chipman she had left her job at a restaurant in Millbury. The operator failed several filed sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. The officer confiscated an open bottle of Southern Comfort in the center console.

At the police station Ms. Graveline consented to a breath test which revealed her blood alcohol concentration was .41 BAC. The reading was extremely high and more than 5 times the legal limit.

Gravline was charged with Operating Under The Influence of Liquor, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Drinking Alcohol in a Open Container in a Motor Vehicle.  Graveline was bailed pending her arraignment on Monday, December 23, 2013 in Worcester District Court.

The Auburn Police express their gratitude that the citizens contacted the police immediately which assisted in getting the vehicle stopped and apprehending the intoxicated driver.