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Wayland Man Charged with OUI After Near Miss with Taxi

The following information was supplied by Brookline Police Dept. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Brookline Police arrested Wayland man Ryan Lewis Sunday after a drive down the shoulder of Washington Street raised suspicion.

According to a report on Brookline Patch, at about 1:45 a.m. April 20, police reported a tan SUV traveling about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone on Washington Street near the Boylston Street intersection.

Officers "paced" the SUV and observed a taxi attempting to change lanes and nearly crashing into the SUV. "A last-minute swerve on the part of the driver prevented the crash," Brookline Patch reports.

According to police, Lewis and the taxi driver then drove side-by-side down Washington Street, with Lewis driving on the shoulder. Officers then proceeded to pull Lewis over.

Police say the driver appeared glassy-eyed and was slurring his words. When officers asked Lewis to exit his car, he at first refused, telling police that he was a lawyer.

Lewis, 30, eventually exited the vehicle. According to police, Lewis appeared unsteady on his feet and the smell of alcohol was on his breath.

Brookline Police arrested Lewis, charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and operating to endanger.

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