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Car Strikes Tree off Wood Road, Driver Faces Drunk Driving Charges

The following info was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Braintree police are seeking charges against a 42-year-old Dorchester man after he allegedly slammed his car into a tree on Wood Road while under the influence of alcohol.

The man, who was not named because the charges were not official yet, was seen by a police officer veering off the road and striking a large tree, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.

The accident happened at about 1 a.m. and "the impact caused extensive damage to the vehicle, deployed the airbag and left the vehicle smoking," Jenkins said. Officer Peter Gillis and Officer Brian Eng removed the man from his Chrysler Sebring.

At South Shore Hospital, where the man was transferred without life-threatening injuries, Officer Gillis reported that he observed signs of intoxication. The man will be summonsed on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and failure to keep within marked lanes.

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