RAYNHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - A drunken Taunton man was arrested Monday afternoon after police say he swerved into the opposite lane of traffic and struck an SUV head-on in Raynham, injuring two young children who were riding in his minivan.
Officers responding to a report of a head-on crash in the area of 1 East Britannia St. around 4 p.m. found a blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan and a red Honda CRV that had collided and were blocking the roadway, according to the Raynham Police Department.
Witnesses told police that 35-year-old Christopher Martin allegedly swerved into the opposite lane of traffic and struck the Honda.
Two children in Martin’s van, ages 7 and 5, along with the driver of the Honda, were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say officers determined that Martin had been driving under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest.
A subsequent search of Martin’s van is said to have yielded two empty nips of vodka, an ounce of marijuana, and a digital scale.
Martin was expected arraigned Tuesday on charges including operating under the influence of liquor, two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container in a vehicle, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and marked lanes violation.
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