Police didn’t have to go far last night to arrest a man on drunken driving charges for the fourth time. Angel Hernandez crashed his Ford Ranger into the Waltham Police Department during roll call.
Just before midnight the truck smashed through the rear door of the station and scattered glass and debris throughout a hallway that was adjacent to the room where police had gathered at the start of their shift. None of the officers were injured.
“If someone had been walking through there, if it (roll call) had ended a few minutes earlier, it could have ended tragically,” said Detective Sergeant Tim King.
Hernandez, 45, was taken to the hospital with injuries that police said were not life-threatening. The 45-year-old Waltham resident works for the city water department. He will be summonsed to Waltham District Court and charged with operating without a license, operating to endanger, and operating under the influence, which he has been convicted of three times.
Massachusetts has is now very tough on drunk drivers. A fourth offense OUI in Massachusetts carries with it a mandatory one year in jail and a ten year license loss. If you or someone you know has been charged with an OUI or DWI/DUI in Massachusetts call Attorney Patrick Donovan.