Robert Smith seems to have had a tough life. You can tell.

Robert Smith lives off his driver's license, which seems to be invalid. I suppose DPW can keep him in a non-driving position for 10-12 months as his case is abjudicated and he is found guilty and if we are really, really lucky, he is fired.

Meanwhile, the taxpayers are being financially raped by city employees.

All hail to our Mayor, and our councillors.

Framingham DPW worker asks for 'break' after Ashland stop March 5, 2018
Norman Miller 508-626-3823 Metrowest Daily News
A Framingham man tried to get an Ashland police officer to give him a break on Sunday, telling the officer he worked for the Framingham Department of Public Works and the arrest would hurt his career, authorities said.

Ashland Police arrested Robert Smith, 57, when they pulled him over on Cordaville Road at 5:27 p.m.

"Please, just follow me home," Smith asked the officer after being pulled over for speeding, according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court on Monday. "I work for Framingham. I made a mistake. I'm just going to get Chinese food at the Rose Garden. I only had a few beers."

The officer had initially pulled Smith over for driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. When the officer went to the window, Smith, kept repeating, "I'm screwed. I'm screwed. I'm screwed."

Smith told the officer he worked for the Framingham Department of Public Works. According to city records, there is a Robert Smith who works in the DPW fleet division. No one from the DPW returned calls seeking comment on Monday about Smith's arrest.

Smith repeatedly said he worked for Framingham and asked the officer to "cut him a break." When Smith was speaking to the officer, he stuffed his mouth full of gum and drank some sort of liquid from a bottle, despite the officer repeatedly telling him not to, according to the report.

Inside the car, police found an half-full can of beer in a cup holder in the center console.

Smith failed several field sobriety tests. At the police station, Smith refused to take a Breathalyzer test, which means his license is suspended for 180 days.

Police charged Smith, of 166 Edgewater Drive, with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor (second offense), driving to endanger and possession of an open container of alcohol while driving. They also cited him for speeding.

At Smith's Framingham District Court arraignment on Monday, Judge Jennifer Stark released him on $500 bail. He is due back in court on April 27 for a pretrial conference.

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