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By Heather Wysocki
September 27, 2011
MASHPEE – A 51-year-old Mashpee resident is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing after being charged with drunken driving for a sixth time.
On Wednesday, a judge will determine whether releasing Lorenzo Balbuena from jail could be a danger to others. If that’s the case, he could stay at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility for up to 60 days without bail.
Mashpee police Officer Michael Assad Jr. was driving on Route 130 Thursday night when an SUV abruptly pulled out in front of his cruiser, according to court records.
“If I had not slammed on my brakes I would have struck the SUV,” Assad wrote in his report.
Assad followed Balbuena into the Shell gas station on Route 130, but Balbuena allegedly pulled back out of the parking lot, trying to strike Assad’s car on the way, court records state.
Balbuena’s Jeep “was swerving all over the road; speeding up and then slowing down” before the man turned onto Sunset Strip and attempted to hit Assad’s cruiser again, the officer wrote.
After pulling into the driveway at 5 Wilann Road, Balbuena allegedly tried to head-butt Assad and another officer, hit Assad in the eye and caused the other to fall to the ground, according to court records.
During the subsequent arrest and booking, Balbuena smelled strongly of alcohol, the officers said, and had trouble staying on his feet. Officers also allegedly found a gram of cocaine wrapped in paper, according to court records.
Mashpee police initially charged Balbuena with his eighth OUI offense, but it was amended to his sixth during arraignment, according to court records.
He was arraigned Friday on charges of OUI, five other traffic-related violations, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of cocaine.
If convicted of the drunken driving charge, Balbuena will face a mandatory prison sentence of between 2Â½ and five years.
The owner of the Jeep, Denise Mills of Mashpee, will be summonsed to court for allowing an unauthorized driver to use her car, Mashpee police Capt. Scott Carline said.
This is not the first time Balbuena has been charged with assaulting a police officer. In 2010, he spent six months in the county jail after being found guilty of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer, according to the Times’ archives.