QUINCY — State Police have accused a Holbrook man of crashing into another car on I-93 while drunk early Christmas morning and running away.
James R. Stewart, 39, was charged with third offense drunken driving, possession of an open container of alcohol in a car, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. He was arraigned in Quincy District Court Wednesday and released on a promise to return to court Feb. 21.
Police said they responded to an accident on I-93 in Randolph near exit 5 around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police said they found a Toyota Camry in the center lane with heavy rear end and passenger side door damage and a Dodge Durango in the left lane against the guard rail, perpendicular to the road with heavy front end damage. Police said that Stewart drunkenly crashed the Durango into the sedan while speeding and ran away on foot, according to a report filed with court.
A State Police officer went to Stewart’s Holbrook home to find him arriving back in an Uber. Police said that Stewart told them he was getting a ride home from a friend’s house while the Uber driver said he picked Stewart up from a Randolph gas station less than half a mile from the crash. Police said that Stewart changed his story several times and smelled heavily of alcohol. Police said they arrested Stewart and booked him into the State Police barracks in Milton. Police said that Stewart took a breathalyzer test showing he had twice the legal limit of blood alcohol content for driving.
Stewart’s prior drunken driving convictions were in California.