Springfield man arrested for OUI after allegedly causing two car crashes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man is facing several charges after he allegedly hit two cars while driving under the influence of alcohol Monday and then drove away. 

According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, at 8:45 p.m. 22-year-old Edy Ramirez-Velasquez was at a traffic light on Armory Street when he rear-ended the car in front of him. 

Walsh said the driver of the car that had been hit followed Ramirez-Velasquez, and both were seen by officers driving the wrong-way down Cass Street.

Ramirez-Velasquez then allegedly hit a parked car that was occupied by two people. The individuals in the car were not injured.

About five minutes later, Walsh said officers were called to Vinton Street for a disturbance between the drivers. Officers found Ramirez-Velasquez in his home and he was arrested after he was identified as the driver who had allegedly caused the crashes.  

Walsh said two hours later when Ramirez-Velasquez was at the Springfield Police Department a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. 

He is facing the following charges: 

  • OUI liquor .08 or over 
  • assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • two counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident
  • negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • motor vehicle registration misrepresentation
  • unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • uninsured motor vehicle
  • violation of one-way signage 

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