PLAINVILLE - A Bristol man with five previous DUI convictions was arrested Thursday evening after he was allegedly intoxicated during a wrong-way crash on Route 72.
Richard Boughton, 47, of 91 Tulip St., Bristol, was arrested on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, operating under the influence, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and driving with a suspended license.
According to the state police report, authorities received a number of 911 calls at around 8 p.m. about a vehicle traveling east on the westbound side of traffic on Route 72, near Exit 1. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle, a 1999 Ford Explorer, which was towing a trailer behind it, was involved in a crash with another vehicle. No Injuries were reported.
State police said Boughton, who was driving the Explorer, smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot. According to state police, he failed multiple failed sobriety tests before he was arrested. Additionally, he refused to take a breathalyzer test. State police said Boughton’s license has been suspended.
Boughton was held in custody overnight and arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court. During the hearing, Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor, called the allegations and Boughton’s DUI history “egregious.” He is still on probation for a 2015 DUI conviction.
“This guy is gonna kill somebody,” Lee said, asking that bail be set at $1 million. “He’s destined to kill somebody.”
Peter Matthews, a public defender representing Boughton during the arraignment, said his client told him he was driving on the correct side of the road, but his vehicle got turned around after he was involved in the crash.
In response, Lee, citing the multiple 911 calls about a wrong-way driver, said, “It’s disingenuous and it’s a lie.”
Boughton, who did not enter a plea, was ordered held on $150,000 bond. He is due back in court on Nov. 16.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.