A local woman tried to avoid a drunk driving arrest by locking herself in the trunk of her car after an accident. This imaginative tactic did not hold up and she confessed to driving the vehicle herself. Maria Brayfield of Beverly was found in the trunk of her Ford Focus at 3:30 A.M. Monday by two passers-by who thought there had been an accident. It is unclear how far Ms. Brayfield had actually driven the car or why she parked it off the road on the grassy area where it was found, on a Route 128 ramp.
Ms. Brayfield will be charged with filing a false report as initially she had stated that she was abducted by two males wearing all black clothing who had locked her in the trunk. Investigators at the scene did not find sufficient evidence to support her story. Although it appears Ms. Brayfield avoided a drunk driving charge and its related consequences, she will face a possible conviction on the misdemeanor charge related to her sending the local authorities on a wild goose chase in search of her fictional kidnappers.
The two laws carry different penalties:
Filing a false report-Massachusetts Commonwealth Law
Chap 269/Section 13A. Whoever intentionally and knowingly makes or causes to be made a false report of a crime to police officers shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than one year, or both.
Driving under the influence-Massachusetts Commonwealth Law
Chap 90/ Section 24. (1) (a) (1) Whoever, upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or upon any way or in any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle with a percentage, by weight, of alcohol in their blood of eight one-hundredths or greater, or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or of marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances, all as defined in section one of chapter ninety-four C, or the vapors of glue shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or both such fine and imprisonment. There are additional fees and assessments as well, adding to the financial penalties.
It appears that Ms. Brayfield may have made a wise choice when it comes to facing legal penalties for dangerous behavior. Perhaps drunk drivers all over the Commonwealth will begin locking themselves in the trunks of their cars when faced with arrest for this crime. Perhaps car trunk sequestration will become the new “rum cake defense” for driving under the influence charges.