A New Bedford man was arrested at Marshland Restaurant on Tuesday, February 11, after police say he drove while drunk to get there.

Police were called to the Route 6A restaurant at 7:18 PM when someone reported seeing an intoxicated man in the parking lot walking into the establishment.

When police arrived, they found the man’s vehicle parked next to a gas pump and noted that there was damage to the passenger side of the car and glass on the ground near the vehicle.

The vehicle’s owner, Connor E. Abele, 21, of New Bedford was found sitting at the restaurant’s counter holding a menu. A waitress told police that she believed that Mr. Abele was drunk.

The officer spoke to Mr. Abele and detected the smell of alcohol and noted that he was slurring his speech. He was also observed as being unsteady on his feet.

Mr. Abele was given a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed.

While he was being arrested, he asked police why they had pulled him over, to which they replied that they had not pulled him over.

Mr. Abele was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

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