A man with three drunk-driving convictions under his belt wandered away from the car he'd just flipped in Stony Brook Reservation, his companion dead inside, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.
West Roxbury District Court Judge Debra Shopteese agreed with prosecutors to set Jeffrey Mason's bail at $500,000 at his arraignment today.
According to the DA's office:
Mason’s first drunk driving charge was in Chelsea in 1992. His case was continued without a finding for one year, the standard first-time OUI disposition. He was convicted again in West Roxbury in 1995 and received a two-month sentence, and a third time in Quincy in 2006 and received another two-month sentence.
Prosecutors say troopers responding to reports of a crash on Enneking Parkway near Turtle Pond Parkway early Saturday found Mason's 2003 Accord on its roof. EMTs, who got there first with Boston firefighters, declared Lillian Grover, 41, of Roslindale. dead.
The driver was not in the car. A witness told first responders that he had helped the driver out through the window. A short time later, troopers heard a man’s voice from the woods nearby. Upon investigating, they found Mason lying on the ground about 20 feet into the woods across the street from the vehicle.
Mason was injured but was able to speak. He allegedly stated that his tire had blown out, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. As he spoke, troopers detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath, observed his eyes to be bloodshot and glassy, and noted his speech to be slurred. He was placed in an ambulance and transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.