Everett man arrested, accused of OUI in 2 hit-and-runs in East Boston and Chelsea

CHELSEA, MASS. (WHDH) - An Everett man accused of being drunk behind the wheel when he hit and dragged a Chelsea man with his car Wednesday night had been involved in another hit-and-run moments before, prosecutors said.

Diego Garcia, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Chelsea District Court to charges including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury and driving with a suspended license.

Garcia rear-ended another motorist in East Boston Wednesday before continuing into Chelsea, where he a hit man who was cleaning his car, pinning and dragging him several feet down the road, according to police.

Diego Garcia appears in Chelsea District Court

Officers arrested Garcia when he returned to the crash scene a few minutes later, witnesses said. Police said Garcia had a beer bottle in his car and could barely stand as officers tried to take him into custody.

Surveillance video captured the moment Garcia’s car barreled into Kenny Lewis, knocking him out of his shoes. Lewis suffered several bruises and lacerations.

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“I was waxing my car, perfect day to wax the car,” Lewis said. “A car comes flying down the street, I heard the engine vroom and the brakes squeaking.”

Lewis said he looked up woozy, barely holding onto consciousness.

“I didn’t know what was going on” said Lewis. He added that he was especially concerned because there is a park nearby and a child could have been the one injured.

A judge ordered Garcia held on $50,000 bail. He is due back in court June 8.

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