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Rust Loses Some Driving Privileges During OUI Arraignment

Defense counsel brought Elizabeth Rust in ahead of the original scheduled June 27 arraignment.

was in Framingham District Court Tuesday morning for her arraignment, eight days ahead of her original arraignment date.

Her lawyer, Seamus L. O'Kelly, brought the case forward today.

According to documents obtained from the clerks office, Rust lost her right to drive other than for working purposes. She can drive Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. She cannot drive during the weekends.

Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge and will be subjected to random alcohol tests. Judge Robert Harbour stated she must also attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and cannot drink any alcohol.

Rust crashed her car during the early morning hours of May 9 on Concord Road when she hit two signs and a granite post at the Union Avenue intersection.

According to the police report obtained at the clerks office, Rust told Officer Erin Corey she had recently left Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar after Town Meeting ended the night of May 8. Rust repeatedly told Corey she worked for the town.

Corey asked Rust if she would take road sobriety tests, and originally agreed. But Rust started to complain of dizziness and was transported to Emerson Hospital.

Corey noted in her report there was a strong odor of alcohol eminating from Rust, that her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot.

At one point, Corey also noted Rust said she couldn't see her despite standing two feet away.

Sudbury police opted to cite Rust rather than arrest her that night due to staffing.

The Sudbury Fire Department was also ordered to release all records regarding the crash from May 9.

Rust was released without bail. A surety of $2,000 was set as a penalty if she misses any hearings. She is due back in court on Aug. 28 for a pretrial conference.

The prosecutor is Dannon Stacer.

pmotw June 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
3 OUIs, she lives next to a school and she is allowed to drive during school hours? Anyone else concerned? Will CPA money be used to repair the damage she caused?
Robert D. Abrams June 19, 2012 at 06:56 PM
As I've said on these pages before, Ms. Rust has a right to the presumption of innocence and ought not be tried in these comments. Those who participated in allowing these events to happen, especially her superiors in the Town of Sudbury, however, will continue to be tried in the court of public opinion until such time as they come forward, make a full disclosure of what happened that night, and tell a concerned public what they intend to do about it.
Thrice Rusty June 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
WOW Seamus O'Kelly must be one heck of a lawyer. Not sure as to why I have never heard of him before. I know of people who have been arrested for their first OUI and have had their license stripped on the spot for 6 months. This was a third offense and we give this women a conditional license??? This judge should be ashamed! Whether Beth ends up guilty or innocent shouldn't we be airing on the side of caution for a 3rd offense? Like I said if you are arrested for offense #1 or refuse a breathalyzer you lose your license immediately for 6 months. I just read that when asked for her license Beth handed over her social security card! What a joke! This was an OUI offense not a job interview Beth. Do us all a favor and go (walk maybe) to Target and buy a home Mai Tai machine. This way next time you get plastered you don't put any of our live's in danger. After all we are paying your salary so maybe you could be a little more considerate toward us.
pmotw June 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Mr. Abrams, With all due respect, the police determined there was enough evidence to charge her with OUI. Many have voiced their approval of the manner is which this was handled by the Sudbury Police and I agree with them. As far as I’m concerned, her day in court will only determine what the punishment will be.
Edward Stark June 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hey Robert is there any way that you are able to report those documents so we can see them in their entirety? They were fascinating to read but because we can not see the entire document it is hard to grasp he entire picture. Thanks
Dr.Rosen-rosen June 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
A lot of people in town suffer from the disease of alcoholism and addiction, and sometimes it takes falling down hard to get the help you truly need. If Ms. Rust has an alcohol problem, one can only hope she uses this opportunity to get some help, go to AA and get into recovery. This area has a vibrant AA community which will welcome Ms. Rust with open arms and teach her how to live a good life without alcohol. People makes mistakes. I'm sure all of you have. No need to kick someone when they are down. That's just cruel. Maybe some day, if and when she gets help, she can be a power of example to those struggling with alcoholism. The amount of shame and guilt Beth is experiencing right now most likely pales in comparison to any punishment she may or may not receive. Oh, a good lawyer should secure a not guilty with these facts without any field sobriety and breath tests. He will claim she was disoriented due to the accident, which she appeared to be. The jury will not know about the prior offenses. /s/ A OUI Attorney in the area
susan kennedy June 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I understand people make mistakes and that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. You are right-- we have all made mistakes... but three times? really? I am more concerned that she was not arrested due to a lack of staffing. If that is true, then we clearly need more policemen in this town.
Kirsten Vandijk June 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I continue to be dumbfounded that this 3rd time offender has not had her license revoked. I do not feel safe as it is driving in Sudbury but now even less so. I have a sixteen tear old son ready to start driving lessons....
Kirsten Vandijk June 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
wow--Freudian slip--I meant year not tear
Dr.Rosen-rosen June 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Well, that's the thing about alcoholics...they tend to make a lot of mistakes until they get sober....Again, her prior OUIs were almost 20 years ago and maybe it was when she was in college or in her youth. Fortunately, she didn't hurt anyone or herself, and hopefully this will be the impetus she needs to get help. She needs support and help, not ridicule. If she is found guilty for her 3rd offense, she will go to jail for 5 months, mandatory, and lose her license for 8 years. Is that punishment enough?
joanne June 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I for one want her to enter a treatment program and get the help she needs! BUT she did break the law and put many innocent lives at risk- so yes she needs to face the consequences of her actions. I have far too many friends in the cemetary killed by either being drunk or killed by a drunk driver- Her first step is admitting she has a problem! Do I feel safe knowing she is still driving???? NO!! Not in the least! Any person who was with her @ Lavenders should have stepped up and taken her keys away- that is the right thing to do! I dont care who you are or what office you hold in town! There comes a time when you need to do whats right- not whats easy!
Enuff June 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hi Dr. I agree with you. Ridicule and public humiliation is not going to solve this problem. We should all try to be a little more compassionate and understanding. We have all made mistakes and hopefully we can all learn by our mistakes. I am not condoning what was done, but I am compassionate to someone with a problem.
Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Wow this is terrible. I do not want to kick someone when they are down, but I do want to see justice prevail here. I think jail for 5 months and 8 yr loss of license is fitting and I hope she gets more than that if possible. There is one sure way to avoid this sort of punishment: do not drink and drive people! I am thankful ms rust was not physically hurt and she did not hurt anybody else either. As for blaming o'brien for letting her drive, I do not agree with that. Ms. Rust is responsible for own actions and as us such must be prepared to face the very real consequences. Please do not drink and drive. Not ever. Not even after just half a beer. Please!
Dr.Rosen-rosen June 23, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Joanne, good thing you won't be on the jury. I guess you missed the day in civics class where they discussed the constitutional presumption of innocence? She will have her day in court and a jury will decide her fate based on all the admissible evidence. You were not there, so don't go saying she broke the law. She has not been convicted of anything. Watch your mouth. Just leave her alone, and let her get help. That goes for all of you people.
siobhan hullinger June 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
@ Dr.Rosen-rosen - what are you a Dr of? Based on your tone of prior posts and empathy towards another in those posts, I thought you were in the social sciences of some sort. However, your lack of appreciation of free speech and mean tone towards Joanne makes me think otherwise. Just curious - does "watch your mouth" fall into civics class lesson plans as well? Seems to me Joanne was saying that no one was helping this woman when she proceeded to leave. Don't we see, hear and read everywhere that we should have designated drivers and don't drink and drive? It also appears to me that Joanne has experienced significant loss as a result of someone's poor choices with drinking and driving. Seems she is also deserving of some compassion and empathy - not just the accused in this story. We could all use a little - or alot - of it from time to time - don't you think?
Jill K. June 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The irony is that Larry O'Brien is speaking to our children in 5th grade about the DARE program. Perhaps he is not the model of integrity that he portrays. Forgive me, but I still think this group is in their own little bubble and feel as if they run this town. Between this and the joke we call SPS I contemplate moving...
Rob June 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The next election should prove interesting. Wonder If the incumbents will run them selves or have proxy puppets in their place.
siobhan hullinger June 24, 2012 at 06:07 PM
@Dr Rosen-rosen - hmm not a medical doctor but a "Dr". Like the artistic sounds: http://doctorrosenrosen.com/music.html
Dr.Rosen-rosen June 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Siobhan, free speech doesn't mean you can defame someone which is what Joanne did by saying Beth broke the law. She's been arrested. That's it. Yes, I agree Beth's co-workers and Lavender bear some (but far from all) for allowing a patron to get behind the wheel, assuming she was legally intoxicated. No one knows how much Beth had to drink that night, except her and her colleagues. I'm not a Doctor. If you've seen the movie Fletch, you'd understand my moniker.
Andy G. June 25, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Jill hit it on the head-I, along with many others have been saying this for a while: The problem is Larry O'Brien's et al. His hypocrisy goes to the root of his character which in turn is indicative of the overall problem with having him as Sudbury's leader. Ms. Rust's further use of alcohol and any additional OUI's is a sad story (and also life threatening), but the purpose of this dialogue is not to defame her, but rather to look towards our elitist leadership for answers and recourse. While I certainly care whether or not Ms Rust gets behind the wheel again while intoxicated, if I am with her, I would stop her, unlike O'Brien et all who WATCHED her drink and walk out of a restaurant after hours filled exclusively with "friends".
SkimThreePercent June 25, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Can you imagine how much worse things would be now if Gutch had grabbed the Chairmanship at SPS? Robison is trying the best he can with the hand that he was dealt. Things cannot get any worse.We've really hit rock bottom. Need to clean out some of these appointed officials too. Start with Beth Quirk. go along to get along - translation, totally owned subsidiary of the Town of Lincoln. The problem in large part can be traced back to O'Brien but it goes much deeper than that. It's like a family, he's Sonny. Then there's Fredo, take a guess who that is. Watch out for Fox. Big mistake to strip Larry of liquor licensing as is being discussed and hand it over to another member of the family.
Liz Ryan July 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Cruel?? S'cuse me but if hse's down it certainly seems she is responsible for her predicament. She made poor choices. Apparently not once but at least three times (three times caught. I would guess she's been on the road drunk more often that that) Third OUI??? Sorry. No sympathy here from a resident - and mother - in town. She doesn't deserve the privilege of a license.

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