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Restrictions retained for Thole in DUI case

WAKEFIELD — Zachary M. Thole, 20, charged by Richmond police with driving under the influence, death resulting, after his pickup truck crashed on Hillsdale Road on Nov. 22 and killing his longtime friend, will remain on bail restrictions set by a District Court judge last month.

Thole did not enter a plea to the charge at his arraignment on Nov. 22, which is customary in felony cases.

Thole, represented by attorney Lawrence L. Goldberg, appeared before Judge Madeline Quirk Wednesday for a status hearing on the terms of his bail. Bail was set at $100,000 with surety. Thole, of 8 Twilight Drive, Richmond, has been free, having made the required $10,000 payment after his arraignment.

Judge Mary McCaffrey imposed several restrictions on Thole last month which include an 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. curfew; no driving; no consumption of alcohol or drugs; and daily contact with representatives from the pretrial services unit.

He is allowed to go to work and come home, McCaffrey said. Thole was also ordered to attend counseling sessions and submit to periodic tests to ensure he does not consume alcohol. The judge also recommended Thole explore inpatient residential treatment for an alcohol problem, and that he be required to do so after a determination of his needs.

According to court officials monitoring Thole while out on bail, he has been compliant with the conditions of his release.

“It’s just a tragic situation. That’s all I can say right now,” Goldberg said Wednesday.

Nicholas Gershkoff, 20, of North Kingstown, was a passenger in the truck when it rolled over, pinning him. Rowan Alexander, 20, who has held hands with Thole in court, was also a passenger. She was taken to South County Hospital, where the police said she was treated for minor injuries.

Thole voluntarily submitted to blood tests at the hospital to determine intoxication, police said. The results are pending from the state Department of Health. The DUI limit for a person under 21 is .02 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Thole’s next appearance is expected to be in Washington County Superior Court.

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