Matt Amorello Admits to Driving Drunk

(NECN: Tom Langford) - "Mr. Amorello, is that basically what happened?" "Yes, your honor."

With that, former Mass. Turnpike Chairman Matt Amorello admitted that he drove drunk, crashed into two parked cars the fled the scene of the accident in Haverhill, Massachusetts last August.

The court suspended his license for 45 days, and if he stays out of trouble for one year, his case will be dismissed.

"Simply stated, I made a horrible mistake. And today I took responsibility for my actions and stood before the court and will take my punishment."

Outside court, Amorello said he's ashamed of what he did.

"I want to close this chapter of my life and start moving forward and I will do so with the love and support of my family, my friends, it has been a difficult time and its time to dust myself off and get back to being matt amorello."

Police say Amorello was so drunk, he could not speak coherently or stand up.

Amorello declined to talk about what happened that nightexcept to say this:

"Something happened and I need to address that. And that's my issue and I've got to deal with it."

He said, he's just glad no one got hurt in the crash.

"I thank God nothing happened. It's going to be with me for the rest of my life that I did something bad, wrong. I've got a son I've got to talk to about this. I feel awful and I'll take my punishment and never ever, ever, be in one of these buildings again."

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