HOPKINTON — Police say a tractor trailer driver who was charged with drunken driving Monday had a blood alcohol level nearly five and half times the legal limit. Carlton P. Ous, 59, was arrested after the wheels of his flatbed became stuck in a ditch at the intersection of Old Farm Road and West Elm Street around 1:10 p.m., police said. Ous, of 63 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, Connecticut, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol. Officer Brendon Lyver said Ous, who was driving the truck for Shagback Lumber, had bloodshot and glassy eyes.
″(Lyver) spoke to the operator and he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage,” Sgt. Tim Brennan said. “He administered several failed field sobriety tests.” At the police station, Ous registered a .22 blood alcohol level during a Breathalyzer test, which is five and half time greater than the .04 allowed for commercial drivers. The limit is .08 for non-commercial drivers. “The penalties are harsher,” Brennan said. The first offense can result in a one year suspension of the commercial drivers license and a second offense calls for a lifetime suspension, according to state law. The rules apply even if the driver is caught in a non-commercial vehicle. The Police Department posted about the incident on Facebook. “Very fortunate that this involved no other vehicles or pedestrians and no injuries,” the department wrote. “The outcome easily could have been a lot worse.” Ted’s Towing removed the truck.