BOSTON (State House News Service) — Rep. David LeBoeuf, a 32-year-old Worcester Democrat, was arrested in Quincy on Tuesday night for driving under the influence of alcohol after motorists reported his Black SUV operating erratically on Interstate 93, according to State Police.
LeBoeuf was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday on charges of operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation. He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court on June 28 for a pre-trial hearing.
The House is in the middle of its debate over an annual state budget, and wrapped up its deliberations for the day shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. State Police said that about an hour and half later LeBoeuf's vehicle was reported by motorists traveling south on Interstate 93 in Milton, unable to stay within the marked lanes.
The lawmaker exited the highway onto Route 3 south and continued onto Burgin Parkway in Quincy where the vehicle came to a stop before the Adams MBTA station and appeared to be smoking and disabled. Troopers who responded to the scene "made certain observations" about LeBoeuf's appearance and speech, and noted a strong odor of alcohol, according to a State Police spokesman.
LeBoeuf failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, after which troopers reported finding nine empty nip bottles in the rear of his 2014 Ford Escape and two cans of wine in the front cupholders, one of which was empty and the other half full.
The vehicle's right front tire was also missing, and police reported damage to the rims from dragging along the pavement.
LeBoeuf was transported to the South Boston MSP barracks where he agreed to two chemical breath tests, registered a blood alcohol content of 0.329 and 0.317. The legal limit is 0.08.
LeBoeuf is currently running for reelection in the 17th Worcester District after briefly considering a campaign for state Senate to replace retiring Sen. Harriette Chandler. He was first elected to the House in 2018.
Written by Matt Murphy/SHNS