Nantucket Harbormaster Arrested And Charged With Drunk Driving

David Creed •

KNP 2171

Nantucket Harbormaster Sheila Lucey was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Monday evening and was arraigned in Nantucket District Court Wednesday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Lucey, 60, is facing charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding (30 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone). She had not-guilty pleas entered on her behalf and is being represented by Jim Merberg.

Lucey has no criminal record, was released on her own personal recognizance, and was asked by District Court Judge James Sullivan to return to court June 17 for a pretrial hearing. Her physical presence at this next hearing was waived.

Lucey, who has served as Nantucket’s Harbormaster since 2012, previously served as the master chief of Coast Guard Station Brant Point. She declined to comment Tuesday on the pending charges against her.

According to a state police report, Lucey was pulled over on Main Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday after being observed to be traveling at a high rate of speed estimated to be greater than 30 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone.

Lucey was reportedly observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes as well as slurred speech. She told state police she had “a couple of beers” earlier in the night. Lucey was cooperative with police and performed field sobriety tests, however she failed the tests. She also declined to take a breath test and was subsequently placed under arrest.

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