By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 28, 2018…..Brockton Sen. Michael Brady, arrested over the weekend for drunken driving in Weymouth, plans Wednesday to admit himself to a treatment program for alcohol use, he announced in a statement.
“Today I will be admitting myself for professional treatment and counseling for alcohol use. The course of treatment requires my full attention over the next few days. I look forward to returning to work next week,” Brady said in a statement.
Brady, a two-term Democratic senator who serves as co-chair of the Revenue Committee, told police he had been drinking at a “work event” before he was pulled over and arrested for drunken driving in Weymouth early Saturday morning.
He was on his way home from Boston when he was stopped by Weymouth police on Route 18, also known as Main Street, in South Weymouth at around 2:22 a.m. and placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.
Brady declined to take a breathalyzer test, and his license was automatically suspended.
The senator said constituents should continue to contact his office and that his staff “will be very able to handle their questions or concerns.”
“I want to apologize again to my family, my constituents, and my friends and colleagues in the Legislature for the embarrassment that this incident has caused,” Brady said. “I also want to thank them all for the support, advice and counsel during what has been a very difficult ordeal.”
Brady was released from Weymouth police custody Saturday morning, and arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court on charges of operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violations.
The Quincy District Court clerk’s office said Brady, 55, was released after his arraignment on personal recognizance with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 13. The clerk’s office said Brady pleaded not guilty.