John McCarville, 48, of Cambridge, was released on his own recognizance today at his arraignment on charges he sent four people to the hospital - including himself - in a 2 a.m. crash on the Charlestown side of the Gilmore Bridge on Sept. 24.
McCarville's arraignment on charges of OUI, second offense, causing serious injury while operating under the influence and negligent operation came more than a month after the crash because of the hospitalization he required, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding McCarville was first convicted of OUI in 1988.
According to the DA's office, the drivers of a 2014 Honda Accord and a 2012 Toyota Camry had stopped on the bridge after a minor collision with no injuries or even any apparent damage to either vehicle when:
McCarville allegedly drove [his 2002 Ford Explorer] into the Honda at a high rate of speed, colliding with such force that the Honda crashed into the Toyota.
The DA's office continues:
The Honda was occupied by a 27-year-old ride-share service driver, who was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with head, neck, and chest injuries, and her 22-year-old passenger, who was outfitted with a brace for a neck injury. The woman’s vehicle sustained heavy front end and rear end damage in the crash. The Toyota was occupied by a 58-year-old male taxi driver who was transported to MGH for a leg injury. His vehicle sustained heavy rear end damage.
McCarville was also transported to MGH with head and neck injuries. His vehicle sustained heavy front end damage.
According to the DA's office, responding state troopers detected alcohol on McCarville's breath and found two open Bud Light cans in his car - one still cold to the touch - and a third just outside the car.
Troopers also observed a cooler in the vehicle. During an inventory incident to its removal from the scene, troopers recovered a total of 22 empty Bud Light cans; 12 unopened Bud Light cans; 10 Smirnoff vodka “nip” bottles, two of which were empty; a partially-consumed Romana Sambuca "nip" bottle; and an empty flask.
At his arraignment, prosecutors had asked for bail of $7,000. A Charlestown District Court judge reduced that to personal recognizance, but did agree with prosecutors to order McCarville not to drive while the case against him is pending. In addition to the criminal charges, he also faces several civil infractions: Possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, failing to wear a seat belt and speeding.