A Boston woman was arrested last weekend on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges after she allegedly hit two pedestrians on Woodrow Avenue in Dorchester.
The woman, Champree Dinkins, of Dorchester, was arraigned earlier this week in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court on several charges including Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Injury, and two counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, it is still unclear whether the alleged acts in this case were deliberate. Given, however, that one of the pedestrians, a 30 year old Dorchester man, died from his injuries, prosecutors may further charge the defendant with Vehicular Homicide by Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death.
The Massachusetts Drunk Driving Crime of Vehicular Homicide by OUI / DUI is punishable by imprisonment to the House of Corrections for 1 to 2.5 years if there is evidence that the person's blood alcohol content was 0.08% or greater; and if not, 30 days to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections; or 2.5 to 15 years in state prison.
The Massachusetts crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death punishes those who leave the scene of an accident where death resulted without leaving their identity, address and registration information. This crime is punishable with imprisonment in the House of Corrections for not less than 1 year and up to 2.5 years; or to state prison for not less than 2.5 years and up to 10 years.
Following her arraignment in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, the defendant was held on $500,000 bail.