Becket woman had blood alcohol level five times legal limit
PITTSFIELD — When police arrived at Pontoosuc Lake on July 13, they found a Hyundai Sonata stuck on a cement curb — and the driver still behind the wheel.
She told police she'd had "a lot" to drink that day.
The driver, Kelly Forfa, had a blood alcohol concentration more than five times over the legal limit, police said.
Forfa, 40, of Becket, admitted Tuesday to drunken driving, second offense; she had a previous OUI conviction in 2012.
Police responded to the lake about 6:15 p.m. after receiving a call about a disabled vehicle. The caller reported the there may be an open container of vodka in the cup holder.
When police arrived, they found Forfa in the vehicle's driver's seat, but she did not respond to an officer knocking on the window.
The officer asked Forfa to take the car out of drive and put it in park, and she said it was already in park. She was unable to put the car into park and police noted a strong odor of alcohol.
She was unsteady on her feet and needed to hold on to the vehicle to maintain her balance, police said.
Forfa told police she thought she'd thought her vehicle was in reverse and accidently ran forward onto the curb and became stuck.
She declined to perform field sobriety tests at the scene, telling police "there is no need" and to "just do what you have to do." She denied having any vodka in the car, telling police the bottle was somewhere in the area.
Inside the car, police found a 28 oz. soft drink bottle containing alcohol inside the center console, an empty pint bottle of vodka and two empty 1.75 liter vodka bottles behind the driver's seat.
Forfa submitted to a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.41; the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts is 0.08.
She told police her elevated BAC was likely the result of surgery she'd undergone in 2003 which impacted how quickly alcohol enters her bloodstream.
Forfa pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to a second offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Judge Patrick Sabbs sentenced her to two years of probation, two weeks in a residential alcohol treatment program, a requirement to remain alcohol-free and submit to random testing, a two-year loss of license and other fines and penalties.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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