Vinodkumar Patel, 58, of Jamaica Plain, was arraigned this week in the Boston Municipal Court on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges after he allegedly struck a bicyclist in a crosswalk and then a Boston Police Officer who was working a traffic detail.
Patel was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, 3rd Subsequent Offense. He was released on his own personal recognizance following his arraignment.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Vinodkumar Patel was driving on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston last Thursday and stopped at a red light, about 100 feet short. Patel then allegedly drove through the red light and struck a bicyclist who was walker her bike across the street. The bicyclist was reportedly dragged by the car after being struck.
Patel eventually stopped the car, but then allegedly put the vehicle in motion again as a Boston Police Officer working a traffic detail was helping the woman, and then allegedly hit the officer as well. The woman bicyclist was reportedly treated by Boston EMS and the police officer was not injured.
The Boston Police Officer reportedly observed a smell of alcohol on Patel's breath and then asked him to take a series of Field Sobriety Tests, which Patel allegedly failed.
According to prosecutors, Vinodkumar Patel had been previously convicted of two prior OUI / DUI Charges in the Concord and Waltham District Courts.