Sudbury Residents Fuming Over Lavender Violation, OUI of Town Employee (Video)

Selectmen John Drobinski and Bob Haarde exchange harsh words after Chairman Larry O'Brien recused himself and left the meeting.

As the Sudbury Board of Selectmen meeting extended past 11 p.m. on Tuesday, , with several other town officials, past the time the business was supposed to close according to the terms of its liquor license. He said he lost track of time and regrets the attention the case has drawn away from other important issues.

Rust, who was charged with OUI in two previous case, faces arraignment on the third charge on June 27. She was cited after allegedly striking two signs and a granite post in the early morning hours on May 9.

O'Brien said he has been advised by a lawyer to recuse himself from any discussion about Lavender and promptly exited from the meeting. Selectman John Drobinski declined to recuse himself, because he said he left Lavender earlier in the evening and was not present for any violation. Town Manager Maureen Valente also decline to recuse herself, pending further discussions with attorneys.

Vice Chairman Bob Haarde urged them both to reconsider, and sharply criticized Valente for not arranging to have Police Chief Richard Glavin present at the meeting to discuss his recent letter to Lavender about the case.

"You're personally acting to preserve your own interests, and you cannot do that in your official capacity," Haarde said during one of several clashes with Drobinski. He noted that the town could face liability for Rust's case if the Lavender gathering is determined to be an official town event.

"How many times do I have to state that I wasn't there (at the time of the violation)?" Drobinski asked, accusing Haarde of conducting "a witch hunt" on the issue.

"This is not going to go away," one resident told the Board as a nearby church rang 12 bells at midnight. "It's not going to go away in a week, it's not going to go away in a month."

Burno June 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Would it be small town drama if one of your family members were killed by a repeat OUI driver?
Burno June 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Ah Alexa,,, haha I love you're type of people. Resorting to Sixth grade English comments. At least Joe the Plumber's Sixth grade English was more likely a typo. Its people like you who don't know there English grammer. Which English grade is my friend? Nobody was killed but does that fact excuse the behaviour? Why have OUI laws if on the third offense the offender surely learns that is wrong to drive while under the influence.
Armando June 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
How is driving under the influence a personal issue, and not a matter of public safety?
Kirsten Vandijk June 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Hi James, I had promised to remain quiet for now on with this chat but you need to be aware that Selectman O'Brien, up until only a few years ago, wore a Hawaiian shirt to the BOS meetings. This he seemed quite proud of and having attended a number of these meetings, I was flabbergasted at how often he would refer to the parties he had been to and the cocktails he had enjoyed. He made a mockery of the seriousness of the post by exhibiting such blatant disregard for propriety.
Mike Jones June 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I find it sad that grown adults use their political powers to deflect the real issue of one of their own. They are protecting their hangout and being secretive. Transparency is the key to success in government. Yet, they sit on their thrones passing judgment, being condescending and blaming others. There should be no witch hunt or blaming someone else because of hatred towards the other "click". Cops have a hard enough job to do as it is....even in a small town. The person was still charged and issued a citation in lieu of detention. The only difference is she didn’t get a mug shot photo and get released 8 hours later for everyone to make fun off. Statewide and even nationwide the police cite people for OUI instead of booking them. The cops did the right thing....now the politicians hiding and abusing their "position" is not appropriate and they should be removed. People are allowed to go out and have a rip roaring good time as long as they pre plan for the ride home. Stop blaming others, the diner and the police as the real issue is with the politicians and someone getting her 3RD OUI!!! The only people who did right in this whole “mountain out of a mole hill" situation was the Officer. I say elect her into office as she is the only one who has acted professional, transparent and unbiased despite the politics of the Town. Seriously, she should have learned from her third OUI. If this was California would she not be looking at some significant time in jail??


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