Arlington Police found 38 empty “nip” bottles of liquor under the driver’s seat of a man who allegedly hit an MBTA bus while making a U-turn on Massachusetts Avenue Sunday.
Vitor M. Moraes, 26, of Cambridge, has been charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol after his blood-alcohol level was found to be .309 after the accident, according to Arlington Police. The legal limit in Massachusetts is .08.
Police stopped Moraes at 4:19 p.m. Sunday after observing his Geo Prizm making a U-Turn on Massachusetts Avenue. The stop came after police heard a crash and it appeared that the Prism hit the right side of a passing MBTA bus headed eastbound on Massachusetts Avenue at Fairmont Street.
Neither Moraes nor his passenger were injured in the crash, but the Prizm had front-end damage and police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Moraes, according to the police report.
When a preliminary breath test showed Moraes’s blood-alcohol level was more than three-times the legal limit, he was placed under arrest for what police said is his second offense of operating under the influence. In addition to the empty “nips,” or small bottles of liquor, found under Moraes’s seat, police also found what is believed to be marijuana in the car along with two glass pipes. The empty nips included four small bottles of Wild Turkey, 26 small bottles of Jim Beam and eight small bottles of Skyy vodka.
Moraes was cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and other traffic violations, including failure to use care in turning.