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Bumper left at scene of crash leads to OUI/DWI charges

Massachusetts police claim that they were easily able to track down a hit-and-run driver after he left part of his vehicle at the scene of the accident -- his bumper and license plate. The young man was later arrested and now faces OUI/DWI charges. He is also accused of leaving a crash scene and negligent driving.

The 20-year-old man allegedly spent the Friday night before the accident drinking with other underage individuals in the area. This behavior apparently continued into Saturday morning. At some point, the man got behind the wheel of his vehicle and left the residence where the group had been drinking. Police allege that he was still intoxicated at the time.

At approximately 11 a.m. Saturday morning, the man somehow lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. The impact of the collision ripped the front bumper off his vehicle. Police claim that the man then fled the scene, leaving his vehicle and detached bumper behind. A subsequent search of the nearby area led authorities to the man they believed to be the driver, who was apparently not too far away from the scene. Police claim that he exhibited indications of an accident, including a cut on one hand and blood on his clothing.

OUI/DWI charges are potentially severe in Massachusetts, and the effect can be especially devastating for underage defendants. Many young people rely on their motor vehicles to travel to and from school or work, and a suspended license can impact their ability to maintain these aspects of their lives. Timely action to these types of charges is often the most effective way to minimize the potential consequences of a drunk driving conviction.

Source: Martha's Vineyard, MA Patch, "Cape Cod DUI Suspect Fled Crash Scene, Leaves Bumper: Police", Jason Claffey, Nov. 13, 2017

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