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Police: Allegedly drunken driver goes the wrong way on 91, causes two accidents

The scene of one of the crashes allegedly involving Hugo Gonzalez Sunday night.Photo courtesy of Mass. State Police

A Springfield man is expected to be arraigned Monday after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 91, causing two accidents Sunday night.

State Police say Hugo Gonzalez, 36, drunkenly drove his GMC Sonoma pickup the wrong way on the northbound side of the highway around 10:20 p.m. Sunday night.

The drunken driving charge would be Gonzalez’s second; police say he was driving despite having his license revoked for a previously operating under the influence (OUI).

According to authorities, on Sunday Gonzalez crashed into a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by a 33-year-old South Hadley man, who did not suffer any injuries in the accident. Gonzalez then struck a 2001 Honda Accord driven by a 21-year-old Springfield man less than a mile away from the first crash. The Springfield man suffered minor injuries and was taken to Bay State Medical, according to police.

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A little more than a mile away from the second crash, police say Gonzalez stopped his pick-up in the center lane of the interstate, which is where police found him. He was arrested for drunken driving and taken to a local hospital for minor injuries he sustained in the crashes. Once released from the hospital, Gonzalez was taken to the Springfield State Police Barracks for booking.

In addition to the drunken driving charge, Gonzalez faces counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a license revoked for OUI, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, going the wrong way on a state highway and a marked lanes violation.

Gonzalez also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Springfield District Court, where he is expected to be arraigned Monday.

 
 
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