Jose Correia was charged with OUI in the Stoughton District Court after he struck another vehicle and left the scene. He was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with OUI, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of cocaine, driving to endanger and driving without a license. The accident occurred shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night. Correia is thirty five years old and from Norwood, Massachusetts.
The OUI charge, if it is Correia’s first, would not be nearly as serious had he remained at the scene of the accident, made his identity known and waited for the police to arrive. The fact that he fled inflates the gravity of the situation and can in many instances be the catalyst for a higher sentence if Correia is convicted. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24 states that anyone who leaves the scene of an accident shall be punished for not less than two weeks nor more than two years in the house of correction. The minimum sentence is not mandatory however where there are additional charges as in this case such as OUI and drug possession sentences tend to be higher than the typical “24D” program. I would be interested to know how Correia was apprehended, whether or not he took field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test and who if anyone witnessed Correia driving.
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