On Feb. 1, it was reported that a tractor trailer crash that occurred in Massachusetts the previous day caused a fire and left dozens of Chelsea residents without power. The accident took place on Library Street at about 11:22 p.m.

Authorities stated that the driver, a 46-year-old Ohio man, appeared to have gotten lost on the small street. The tractor trailer he was driving struck the pad-mounted transformer that supplied the power. He also struck vehicles, fences and a telephone pole. Following the incident, he reportedly fled from the scene of the crash. He was taken into police custody near the Library Street and Broadway intersection a short time later.

He was ultimately charged with operating under the influence by local authorities. His attorneys stated that he was on medications when the crash occurred. He was being held on $2,000 bond and it was not known if he was released. There appeared to be no injuries caused by the incident.

People can be accused of impaired driving even if they are not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. If authorities have evidence that a person was driving erratically due to a medication or other substance, serious consequences could be the result, including the loss of driving privileges or even a jail sentence. A criminal defense attorney may potentially argue that the driver suffered a medical emergency or an adverse reaction to a medication that should have been safe to drive on. In such an event, the prosecution might agree to a reduced charge with a lesser penalty.

Source: NECN, “Police: Driver Who Crashed Tractor Trailer Charged With OUI“, Rob Michaelson, Feb. 1, 2017