2 Arrested After OUI-Involved Crash, Attempted Fight

Two Massachusetts residents are facing multiple charges after one allegedly tried to start a fight after another was allegedly drunk behind the wheel, before crashing into another car with a child in the backseat of their car.

Webster police say officers responded to the Sunnyside Farms Convenience Store on Lake Street around 8 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a fight.

When they arrived, officers learned that the fight was sparked by a car crash.

While an officer was speaking with a man, identified as 28-year-old Carmelo Rivera of Worcester, the officer allegedly noticed Rivera was showing signs of intoxication and kept trying to initiate a fight with another person involved in the crash.

Although he was asked to calm down several times, Rivera allegedly challenged other officers to fight, and when the officers tried to place him into custody, he fought with them, even after police used a stun gun in an effort to subdue him, according to authorities.

Police say eventually officers at the scene learned Rivera was only a passenger in the crash, and that the driver of the car he was a passenger in was Stephanie Mcardle, 35, of Millbury.

Mcardle also displayed signs of intoxication, and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. Police say she blew at .15 during a breathalyzer test at the station.


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Officers also filed a report with the state's Department of Children and Families after finding a 3-year-old child in the car at the time of the crash.

Rivera is due in Dudley District Court on Thursday for multiple charges, including disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and three counts of assault and battery on a police officers. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Connecticut.

Mcardle's bail was set at $40 at the station. He is also due in Dudley District Court on Thursday for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment of a child while operating under the influence.

It's unclear if either of the accused have attorneys.

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