Former Mass. Pike chief pleads not guilty in DUI case
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Matthew Amorello, former head of Boston's Big Dig highway project, center, enters the courtroom with his attorney William Hogan III, right, before his arraignment at Haverhill District Court on drunken driving charges, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Haverhill, Mass. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, Pool)
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This Aug. 7, 2010, booking photo released by the Haverhill, Mass., police shows Matthew Amorello, former chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear at his arraignment Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, on drunken driving charges stemming from an alleged Saturday incident where Amorello allegedly struck two parked vehicles. (AP Photo/Haverhill Police Department)
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HAVERHILL, Mass. — The former head of the Big Dig has been released on personal recognizance after a not guilty plea to drunken driving charges was entered on his behalf.
Matthew Amorello thanked those who have supported him in a statement after his arraignment Tuesday in Haverhill District Court, but did not talk about his case.
Police say the former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority chairman was drunk when his SUV allegedly damaged two parked cars in Haverhill in the early morning hours of Aug. 7.
He was supposed to be arraigned Aug. 9, but never appeared. His lawyer said he did not show because he was hospitalized.
Amorello was appointed in 2002. He resigned under pressure from then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 after a Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapse killed a Boston woman.