Massachusetts man allegedly drives Jeep into restaurant

On behalf of Brian D. Roman, Attorney at Law on Monday, December 29, 2014.

A 36-year-old Massachusetts man is in custody after he allegedly drove his vehicle into the front of a TGI Friday's on Dec. 17 after drinking there with two other individuals. According to police, the man was in a Jeep, and he backed into the front door of the restaurant. Glass shattered and damage to the restaurant was extensive.

The two women the man had been reportedly drinking with were injured. One was hospitalized with a head injury and the other appeared to have a broken arm.

The man's refusal to take a Breathalyzer test has resulted in a 180-day suspension of his driver's license. He is also facing a number of charges related to drunk driving including driving to endanger, operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury and operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor (second offense).

Because this is a second offense, the man may face severe penalties. These may include fines and jail time. As a result, he may wish to work with an attorney. There may be some options available for his defense that could lead to a reduction in those penalties.

For example, an individual in a similar case might argue that he was not drunk at the time of the accident. If the individual had only one drink at the restaurant and there was no visible evidence of impairment, the charges might be dismissed.

Examining the cause of the accident may also be worthwhile. For example, a similar accident might be caused by a mechanical malfunction, or an individual may be distracted in another way unconnected with alcohol consumption. An individual might also wish to work with the prosecution on a plea deal that results in reduced penalties.

Source: Farmingham Patch, "Maynard man charged with OUI after crashing Jeep into TGI Friday's", Susan Petroni, December 18, 2014