UPDATE: Wayland High Baseball Coach Pleads Not Guilty to OUI Charge
Joseph Cincotta was arrested Saturday morning and pleaded not guilty at his Monday arraignment.
A night out celebrating a Wayland High School football victory resulted in an OUI arrest for Joseph Cincotta, the school’s varsity baseball coach.
According to a Wayland police report filed with Framingham District Court, Cincotta was pulled over near the intersection of Old Connecticut Path and Westway Road on Saturday morning at 1:07 a.m. after Officer Tyler Castagno observed his black SUV cross over the center line.
Castagno wrote in his report that he had to swerve in order to avoid colliding with Cincotta’s vehicle when it crossed the double yellow line.
When Castagno approached the driver, his report reads, Cincotta’s slurred speech at times made him difficult to understand. Additionally, Castagno’s report indicates that he smelled a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.”
When asked from where he was coming, Cincotta reportedly told Castagno he was “drinking a few beers at the ‘Chat and that his team basically just won the Super Bowl and that he was out celebrating.”
Wayland High School’s football team defeated Concord-Carlisle 14-13 on Friday.
Castagno asked Cincotta to step out of the vehicle and observed his eyes to be “bloodshot and glassed over” as well as the “odor of alcoholic beverage. … coming from his face and mouth.”
When Castagno asked Cincotta to perform a Field Sobriety Test, Castagno wrote that Cincotta responded, “Dude, this is my life. I’m a schoolteacher. I could lose my job. You have to give me a break.”
Castagno then performed three sobriety tests, two of which Cincotta failed, according to the report. Cincotta subsequently refused to take a breath test, at which point he was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation.
He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Framingham District Court on Monday morning and was released without bail. Cincotta is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 26.
Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein said that there is no automatic response to situations such as this.
"We have to look at what information we know, what's coming secondhand, talk to to Joe," Stein said. "Although it is a personnel matter and I can't talk about it, we are aware of it and are taking it very seriously. We're working with Joe and in the next day or so will make some decisions."
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 7:15 p.m. to include comments from Superintendent Paul Stein.