Massachusetts Woman locks herself in trunk, claims kidnapping, to avoid DUI

Some people will do just about anything to avoid a DUI (except not drink and drive).

Here is a story from Massachusetts that I first saw when my fellow Illinois DUI attorney Donald Ramsell shared it on a social media site.

A Beverly woman was arrested earlier this week after lying to police about being kidnapped in an attempt to avoid being arrested for drinking and driving.

Maria Brayfield, 24, was found locked in the back of her car at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, June 17, just before exit 17 on the northbound side of Route 128 in Wenham by two passing motorists who had stopped to provide assistance to what they believed to be an accident.

Police said the motorists heard a woman and smashed the rear glass in the vehicle hatch to free her.

Brayfield told police that two masked men entered her Beverly apartment and forcibly abducted her. She said they ordered her to drive her car, and eventually pulled to the side of Route 128.

However, Beverly Police later reported that the investigation at the scene did not coincide with details of Brayfield’s account.

“Through investigation and interviews with the Criminal Investigations Division, it was determined that the story was made up,” said Officer Mike Boccuzzi of the Beverly Police Department.

Boccuzzi added that Brayfield later told Beverly police detectives when questioned that she was intoxicated and fearful of being arrested, hence the reason why she created the false story of the kidnapping.

“She did tell detectives her reasoning there,” said Boccuzzi.

Brafyield was charged on Monday with filing a false police report, according to Boccuzzi. Filing a false report is a misdemeanor crime that carries a court appearance.

“I know that the charges went through,” said Boccuzzi. “It’s now up to the discretion of the Salem District Court when she’ll be summonsed.”

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