Alleged Drunken Accident Near School Leads to Eight Charges

Winchester man faces eight charges, including second offense OUI.

A Winchester man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly fled from the scene of two accidents in Medford while under the influence of prescription drugs and whiskey.

Michael Barrile, 39, of Winchester, allegedly hit a car and a tree with his gray Toyota Corolla in separate accidents on Route 16 and drove off, witnesses told police. The accidents occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday.

The accident with another car took place at the light for the pedestrian cross walk behind St. Joseph School, witnesses said.

Witnesses told police Barrile’s car was driving in the left lane, coming close to on-coming traffic, and he was continually slamming his brakes. It’s the second time Barrile has been charged with driving under the influence, according to police.

Barrile was arrested after Officer Eleanor Whalen, driving eastbound on Route 16, spotted his heavily damaged Toyota parked on the left-hand curb about 3:15 p.m., according to a police report.

When Whelan reached the traffic light near the I-93 off-ramp, another driver pulled along side her cruiser and told her a car in traffic behind her was hitting things and the driver appeared to be “drunk or something,” the report, written by Whalen, said.

Whalen recognized the car as the same one she spotted parked on the curb and got out of her crusier and walked up to it, the report said.

“The front passenger window was smashed and the entire inside of the vehicle was covered in glass piece, including the driver,” Whalen wrote.

Barrile, who had blood on his hand, denied that he had been drinking, the report said.

“I’m just a bad driver,” he said, according to the report.

When Barrile stepped out of the car, he appeared disheveled and wreaked of alcohol, according to the report. There was an opened bottle of Bushmills Irish Whiskey in plain view in the passenger seat, Whelan wrote.

He was given three road-side sobriety tests and allegedly failed them all. A search of his car turned up Adderall, Vicodin, Alprazolam and Xanax, the report said.

An off-duty Somerville Police Officer arrived at the scene, who told Whelan he was at the Nissan Car Dealership and heard an accident on Route 16. Dealership employees told police they also heard the crash and saw Barrile’s car driving away from a tree.

Police recovered pieces of his car on the road behind the dealership, according to the report.

Another witness also came forward to police, who said she saw Barrile’s car hit another car at the pedestrian crosswalk behind St. Joseph School on Route 16 and drive off.

Barrile told police he was on his way home from work in Woburn, the report said. He lives in Arlington, but picks up his mail in Winchester, he told police.

“I get my mail in Winchester,” he said, according to the report. “I love my parents.”

Barrile was arrested on eight charges, including two counts of operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of drugs, three counts of possession of a class E drug, possession of a class C drug, and two counts of leaving the scene of property damage.

He was arraigned in Somerville District Court Friday morning, where he was released on $300 surety. He is expected to appear in court next on Nov. 1 for a pre-trial hearing.