Former police officer Christopher J. Farrell was arrested this week on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor.

The arrest occurred just before midnight Tuesday, June 25. Police said that officers were dispatched to Barlows Landing Road when someone called to report a vehicle parked in the road, facing oncoming traffic. The caller said the driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel, police said.

Bourne Police Lieutenant Jonathan R. MacDougall said that officers arrived on the scene and immediately recognized Mr. Farrell, a retired police sergeant with Bourne police, and a former chairman of the Bourne Planning Board. The officers said they were able to awaken Mr. Farrell and observed signs of intoxication. No field sobriety test was administered, Lt. MacDougall said.

“The party refused to take the test,” he said.

Lt. MacDougall said there was no indication where Mr. Farrell was coming from. Mr. Farrell was arrested and faces charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and marked lanes violation. Lt. MacDougall said Mr. Farrell was arraigned in Falmouth District Court the following day, Wednesday, June 26.

When contacted by the Enterprise, Mr. Farrell offered no comment regarding his arrest.

Mr. Farrell served in the Bourne Police Department for 35 years. He joined the force in 1975, immediately following two years of service in the US Navy. He retired from the police department in July 2010. He also spent 14 years on the Bourne Planning Board until he lost his reelection bid in May 2016.

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