A Brighton District Court judge let a Watertown man walk out of court today following his arraignment on OUI and leaving-the-scene charges for a crash in Allston that sent two people to the hospital, one with head injuries, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Joseph Besnilian, 23, was ordered to wear a GPS monitor, stay away from the wheel and liquor and obey a curfew, however.
Proscutors charge Besnilian plowed into two bicyclists - a 25-year-old woman from Watertown and a 26-year-old man from Tyngsboro - around 12:40 this morning at Lincoln and Franklin streets. The woman suffered leg injuries, the man head and facial injuries.
At approximately the same time officers arrived at the crash scene, another officer handling crowd control on North Beacon Street stopped a white 2013 Volkswagen Jetta that was making a loud scraping sound and had heavily damaged front passenger side fender, prosecutors said.
The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with Besnilian, who was behind the wheel. The officer allegedly observed Besnilian to slur his speech in response to questioning, replying, “You tell me” when asked what happened and, “What, I hit something? No I didn’t.”
Police noted that the vehicle had blood sprayed on the passenger side and a broken passenger’s side mirror.
According to an Instagram posting dug up by Bits by Bike, Besnilian loved his car, which he had bought only last month.
Besnilian declined to take a breath test, but police noted he was "wearing a pink wristband of the type provided at bars and nightclubs, had glassy eyes and extremely large pupils, carried the odor of alcohol and showed difficulty answering officers’ questions," the DA's office says, adding Besnilian later acknowledge to police he and his passenger had been drinking at Besnilian's apartment before "going to a club in Cambridge and then taking a drive to check out the area in the wake of last night’s Red Sox win."