Gloucester man faces 6th charge of DUI

Sept. 8 — SALEM — A Gloucester nurse was released on $5,000 bond and will be required to submit to a random breathalyzer test after what prosecutors say is his sixth DUI arrest.

Joseph Ciarametaro, 57, of 20 Sayward St., was stopped around 10 a.m. Wednesday on Route 128 in Manchester after an officer on patrol saw him driving and discovered Ciarametaro had not had a license since 2004.

That’s when he was revoked for life after Chiarametaro’s fifth offense, a prosecutor told Salem District Court Judge Susan McNeil Thursday during Chiarametaro’s sentencing and bail hearing.

Ciarametaro pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked for both DUI and habitual traffic offender, driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol — a half-empty bottle of Fireball whiskey that the police found the glove box when Ciarametaro arrived for the registration.

Ciarametaro told officers the bottle was from “before,” and later told a social worker who was brought in to speak with him that he had taken three “bites” of bottles before he was stopped, according to a police report.

A field breath test showed a level of 0.10, prompting Ciarametaro to tell officers he was intoxicated during the previous arrests.

When told officers would have to take him to Essex Police Station to use the breathalyzer machine, he allegedly replied, “that gives me a chance to get off, that works in my favour”. His breath test result at the Essex station was 0.08.

Prosecutor Kayla Hogan asked the judge to set bail at $25,000 and impose a number of conditions, including house arrest, alcohol and mental health evaluations and a no-driving order.

According to a recent Supreme Court ruling, judges can’t hold someone without bail for drunk driving — even with multiple convictions.

And under another SJC ruling in 2020, a judge cannot set conditions of release unless they specifically relate to a flight risk — such as ordering a defendant to surrender a passport — without the defendant’s consent.

In Ciarametaro’s case, the judge initially refused to impose any of the requested conditions. He later agreed to add a breathalyzer test after Hogan suggested that alcohol use could lead to Ciarametero’s lost court case. McNeil also told Ciarametaro that he must obey all laws — including the law requiring him to have a driver’s license to drive — but could not specifically order him not to drive as a condition of his bail.

Edward O’Reilly, Ciarametaro’s attorney, had urged the judge to set a lower bond, saying his client works the night shift as a licensed practical nurse at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation in Gloucester.

O’Reilly said his client suffers from several health problems, including heart disease, neuropathy and arthritis, although he is still able to work full-time. On the morning of his arrest, O’Reilly said, Ciarametaro left work at 7 a.m., drove to the Sun and Air in Danvers and hit a bucket of golf balls, then was returning to his home in Gloucester when he they stopped.

His $5,000 bond was posted at the courthouse early Thursday afternoon.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 18.

Reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at the courthouse at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

Reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at the courthouse at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

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