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Multi-vehicle wreck leads to OUI charges

An accident from which the driver responsible tried to fee has led to the recent arrest of a Massachusetts man. Police filed multiple OUI charges against the driver believed to be responsible for striking multiple vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. The driver was not injured in the wreck.

Police were first called to the scene in the early hours of the evening, when multiple people called 911 to report a multi-vehicle wreck. Upon their arrival, they found one of the vehicles -- a pickup truck -- had collided with a street sign. Witnesses told police that the 62-year-old driver of the truck was the only one responsible for the slew of accidents.

A witness who claimed he was driving behind the truck told attending officers that he saw the pickup driver strike multiple cars before attempting to flee. However, his subsequent collision with the street sign apparently caused too much damage to his vehicle, and he was unable to drive off. The driver was apparently conscious when approached by police, but they noted that he was slurring his words and had bloodshot eyes. He was allegedly combative during his arrest and booking process, and was held for the night before being transported for arraignment.

He is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and negligently operating a vehicle, and was also issued a citation for a violation of marked lanes. These types of OUI charges can have profoundly negative implications for Massachusetts defendants. Not only do they face the possibility of jail time and hefty fines, but many also lose their driving privileges even if they are never convicted. Timely action is often an important component of handling these charges, and can help defendants obtain the best outcome possible.

Source: necn.com, "PD: Man Hits 4 Vehicles While Drunk, Tries to Flee Scene", Tim Jones, Dec. 28, 2017

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