Joseph Cincotta, a Waltham resident and the Wayland High School varsity baseball coach, pleaded not guilty on Nov. 5 to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Cincotta was arraigned on Nov. 5 at Framingham District Court and was released without bail. Cincotta is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 26.
According to a Wayland Police report filed, Cincotta, of 186 Lura Lane in Waltham, was pulled over near the intersection of Old Connecticut Path and Westway Road in Wayland on at 1:07 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Officer Tyler Castagno stopped Cincotta's black SUV after seeing it cross over the center line. Castagno, in his report, wrote that he had to swerve in order to avoid colliding with Cincotta’s vehicle.
Cincotta slurred his words when Castagno attempted to speak to him after stopping the car, according to the report. Castagno also smelled a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle," according to the report.
When asked from where he was coming, Cincotta reportedly told Castagno he was “drinking a few beers at the ‘Chat and that his team basically just won the Super Bowl and that he was out celebrating.”
Wayland High School’s football team defeated Concord-Carlisle 14-13 on Friday, Nov. 2.
Castagno asked Cincotta to step out of the vehicle and noticed his eyes were “bloodshot and glassed over” as well as the “odor of [an] alcoholic beverage. … coming from his face and mouth.”
When Castagno asked Cincotta to perform a field sobriety test, Cincotta said, “Dude, this is my life. I’m a schoolteacher. I could lose my job. You have to give me a break," according to the report.
Castagno then performed three sobriety tests, two of which Cincotta failed, according to the report. Cincotta subsequently refused to take a breath test. As a result, Castagno placed Cincotta under arrest and charged him with operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation.
Wayland Public Schools Superintendent Paul Stein said that there is no automatic response to situations such as this.
"We have to look at what information we know, what's coming secondhand, talk to to Joe," Stein said. "Although it is a personnel matter and I can't talk about it, we are aware of it and are taking it very seriously. We're working with Joe and in the next day or so will make some decisions."