An Abington man was ordered to attend Narcotics Anonymous or AA meetings twice a week after prosecutors said he was drunk when he hit a toddler and a child in a stroller at Talbot and Dorchester avenues around 6 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office - which says the guy switched seats with his passenger before police arrived.
Judge James Coffey also set bail for Michael Duca, 28, at $2,000, but declined to revoke his bail on three pending charges of operating under suspension out of Quincy and Plymouth County, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The two children were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive, the DA's office says, adding:
Duca was seen driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed moments before the crash, but he switched seats with his passenger – a 28-year-old Plymouth woman who owned the vehicle – before police arrived.
Duca's speech was slurred and he was unable to maintain a train of thought as he was interviewed by police, even nodding off at one point during the questioning. During a battery of field sobriety tests, he was able to recite the alphabet but unable to walk a straight line or stand on one foot.