Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Raynham Police Arrest and Charge Man Following Drunk Driving Crash
RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department arrested and charged a man with OUI Liquor following a crash Monday afternoon, April 22.
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN, AGE 35, OF TAUNTON was charged with:
- OUI Liquor
- Reckless Endangerment of a Child (Two Counts)
- Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle
- Possession With Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana)
- Marked Lanes Violation
At approximately 4 p.m. Monday, Raynham Police received a report of a head-on crash in the area of 1 East Britannia St.
Upon arrival, officers came upon a blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan and a red Honda CRV that had collided and were blocking the roadway. Traffic was diverted while first responders were at the scene.
Witnesses told police that the driver of the van, later identified as MARTIN, swerved into the opposite lane of traffic and struck the Honda SUV head-on.
Two children, ages seven and five, who were passengers in the van, were injured and taken by a Raynham Fire Department ambulance to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
The driver of the Honda, an adult woman, was transported by an ambulance to Morton Hospital in Taunton.
The injuries sustained by the children and driver of the Honda are not believed to be life-threatening.
During the subsequent investigation and in speaking with MARTIN, officers determined that MARTIN had been driving under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest. MARTIN declined medical care at the scene.
In searching MARTIN’S vehicle, officers located and seized two empty “nip” bottles of vodka, an ounce of marijuana and a digital scale.
MARTIN was taken to the Raynham Police station to be booked. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, April 23.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.