A Boston physician described by his employer as “a extremely regarded senior vascular surgeon” is now accused of driving drunk and hitting three pedestrians – after which fleeing the scene.
Michael Watkins, who works at Massachusetts Common Hospital, pleaded not responsible Tuesday to numerous counts of assault and battery with a harmful weapon, leaving the scene of a private harm and working inebriated. The incident is alleged to have taken place in Massachusetts’ capital Friday evening.
Boston police, in keeping with WFXT, say the 64-year-old advised them he had “three glasses of Dewar’s on the rocks” – a scotch whiskey – earlier than moving into his automobile that night.
The victims – two girls and a person – reportedly advised investigators they have been crossing the road when Watkins pulled as much as them. The physician allegedly then honked and accelerated his automobile, putting all three earlier than taking off. Watkins later was tracked down and arrested by police.
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All the victims have been handled for non-life threatening accidents whereas Watkins was discovered to have a blood alcohol stage of .11, WFXT stories.
He has since been launched on $1,500 bail together with his subsequent court docket look set for July 30.
Watkins’ legal professional claimed the physician was honking at one other automobile blocking the crosswalk.
The Massachusetts Common Hospital, in a press release issued following Watkins’ arrest, mentioned “the ideas of the MGH neighborhood are with all those that have been affected by this very tough and unlucky incident.”
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“Dr. Michael Watkins is a extremely regarded senior vascular surgeon who has lengthy been a frontrunner on the MGH medical employees in addition to in the neighborhood,” it added.
A hospital spokesperson advised WFXT that Watkins at the moment has been positioned on depart.