Lyons admits sufficient facts in OUI, loses license for 45 days

Barnstable County Commissioner charged with OUI on November 20 in Eastham
County Commissioner Sheila Lyons.

Case continued without a finding for one year

The Cape Cod Times reports that Barnstable County Commissioner Sheila Lyons admitted to sufficient facts in Orleans District Court on Friday on OUI charges.  Lyons, who lives in Wellfleet, was pulled over by Eastham police on November 20 and charged with OUI after failing a series of sobriety field tests.

According to the Times, Lyons registered more than twice the state's legal limit of .08 on two breathalyzers and only .01 shy of that mark on a third.

Orleans District Court Judge Brian Merrick continued the case without a finding for one year. During that time, Lyons will report to probation and attend mandatory alcohol education classes.  She also lost her driver's license for 45 days and will be responsible for court costs and other associated fees.

Earlier in November, Lyons was re-elected to her position as Barnstable County Commissioner.

Support for Lyons varied following her drunk driving arrest.  The majority of voters in a CapeCodToday.com poll called for Lyons' resignation while several letters to the editor supported Lyons after she reportedly said she would take responsibility for her actions.

Read the story in the Cape Cod Times here.


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