Edgartown police arrested a West Tisbury man for driving under the influence of alcohol following a single car accident on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Monday evening night that closed the road while a utility pole was repaired.
Antonio Saccoccia, 45, of West Tisbury was traveling from Edgartown toward West Tisbury, left the roadway and broke a utility pole in half on the north side of the road, then traveled back across the road and stopped in the woods on the south side of the road, according to the police report. Police closed the road between the intersection with Barnes Road and the Martha’s Vineyard Airport entrance road, while an NSTAR crew repaired the pole.
The accident was reported shortly after 9 pm. The first officer on the scene found Mr. Saccoccia, the operator of a Subaru Outback wagon, standing outside his vehicle, which was up against a tree about 50 feet off the road. Mr. Saccoccia told police he was uninjured and was driving home from The Grill on Main, where he is a chef, according to the police report.
“Saccoccia then stated that he just left work at the restaurant and was driving home when a deer ran out in front of him,” Officer William Oteri wrote in his report. “He swerved to avoid hitting it and lost control. While speaking with Saccoccia, I detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. His eyes were glassy/bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet.”
Mr. Saccoccia was taken by ambulance to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where he was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He refused to take a blood alcohol test, according to the police report. Police immediately suspended his driver’s license.
Mr. Saccoccia was released from the hospital at 12:40 am and taken by police to the Dukes County Jail. At the jail, police issued citations for speeding, marked lanes violations, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and driving under the influence of alcohol.