Rene Lopez was likely drunk a few nights ago when he stole a school bus and drove it through Everett. According to reports he took the bus “on a wild ride” and was ultimately shot by a police officer. This occurred after the bus Lopez was driving pinned the police officer’s cruiser against the Median on Route 16. Lopez was treated for the gunshot wound at a local hospital and released thereafter. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, OUI, malicious destruction to property, failing to stop for a police officer and more in the Chelsea District Court. Lopez is being held without bail pending a substance abuse evaluation.
This is not one of your typical OUI cases in Massachusetts where a “24D” disposition is likely. Lopez is looking at some serious felony charges and possible jail time. The most serious charge is the larceny of a motor vehicle. The Massachusetts statute proscribing Larceny of a Motor Vehicle is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 28. A conviction carries up to fifteen years in state prison for this offense. Depending on Lopez’ record this case might remain in the district court. Lopez can be sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction of this charge and receive “from and after” or consecutive sentences on the remaining charges.
Attorney Stephen Neyman has been defending OUI Charges in Massachusetts for over twenty years. If you have been charged with DUI, a motor vehicle offense or any crime in Massachusetts call us at 617-263-6800 or contact us online.