LOWELL -- A 34-year-old Billerica man is facing his third drunken-driving charge, with police saying he stumbled away from an accident on Boston Road covered in his own vomit and with a fresh bump on his forehead.

When police caught up with Patrick J. McCormack at the corner of Boston and Pasho roads, they say he was unsteady on his feet and slurred his speech.

McCormack admitted he had a lot to drink, police said.

In Lowell District Court on Monday, McCormack, of 8 Colleen Circle, pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence-third offense, leaving the scene of property damage and marked lanes violation.

McCormack was released on personal recognizance on conditions that he abstain from drinking alcohol, submit to random screens, and may not drive without a valid license. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2014.

McCormack has been convicted of driving drunk in 2000 and 2002, police state.

Billerica police allege in court documents that officers responded at 6:17 p.m. on Friday to a Boston Road in the Pinehurst section of town. Police say McCormack was driving a GMC work van along Boston Road when the van hit a curb, then the base of a utility pole, before going down the embankment.

There were several witnesses that saw McCormack exit the vehicle and head into some nearby woods, police allege.

Police said McCormack smelled of alcohol and vomit which covered the front of his shirt and pants. He refused a Breathalyzer test.

In searching the work van, police found the driver's area was covered in vomit. An unopened champagne bottle was found in the van.

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