Updated Sept. 21
An Oak Bluffs Police officer has resigned after being charged by Tisbury Police with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.
Tisbury Police and the Dukes County Sheriff’s reports allege Noah Stobie refused field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test at an accident scene, and a Breathalyzer test at the Dukes County Jail. The reports were obtained through court records after Tisbury Acting Police Chief Christopher Habekost refused to release them, and referred questions to the district attorney’s office.
“Officer Stobie has resigned from the OBPD effective immediately,” Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake wrote in a text to The Times late Friday afternoon.
Stobie was arraigned before Edgartown District Court Judge John Julian Thursday morning. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Stobie’s attorney, James Milligan, wasn’t present in the courtroom. Reached later on Thursday, Milligan declined to comment on the case.
On Monday afternoon, Tisbury Police, Fire and EMS responded to a crash scene on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road involving a Toyota Highlander and a Ford F150 pickup truck towing an enclosed trailer. The crash scene was located near the entrance to the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground. The SUV and the trailer sustained damage. Stobie was identified as the operator of the Highlander, according to a Tisbury Police report. A witness told Tisbury Police officers he was traveling behind the Highlander “for several minutes” and observed it “swerving back and forth up until the crash.”
Stobie allegedly told Tisbury Police “he was returning from playing golf,” and while in the vicinity of the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground he “briefly glanced at his vehicle[‘s] radio to change the channel, causing him to pass over the yellow line and strike the trailer,” a report states.
Tisbury Police Officer Pierce Harrer detected “the odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Stobie, according to a report.
“As he spoke, his speech was thick-tongued and slurred, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot,” a report states. Stobie allegedly told Tisbury Police he had “consumed two beers while playing golf,” according to a report.
Officer Harrer alleged Stobie would not submit to a field sobriety test or a preliminary breath test.
Habekost told The Times Stobie was arrested at the scene. Nobody was taken to the hospital from the scene by ambulance, according to Tisbury Fire Chief Greg Leland.
Stobie’s driver’s license was confiscated at the Dukes County Jail, according to a report.
Stobie had been placed on leave from the Oak Bluffs Police Department earlier in the week, ahead of his resignation. Chief Blake wrote in a text message that he intended to bring the officer’s arrest before the select board in an executive session, but that was before Stobie resigned.
Stobie was not on duty at the time of the crash.
Updated to include details from the police report.