The following is an excerpt from the Woburn Police Department log. Please note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, at about 4:36 p.m. an officer responded to a high speed motor vehicle crash on Washington Street.
Police arrived to secure the scene, and both operators were out of their vehicles being treated for injuries by the Woburn Fire Department and Armstrong Paramedics.
After interviewing witnesses, police determined that Michael Marino, 71, of 31 Woodland Ave., Saugus, was driving up Mishawum Road from the mall area when he drove over the traffic island and struck a street sign.
Marino then allegedly continued driving about 300 feet onto Washington Street when he crossed the center line and crashed into a Burlington man who was driving on the other side of the road.
The head on collision caused significant damage to both vehicles.
While Marino was being treated in an ambulance, a paramedic asked if he had had been drinking. "Of course I have," Marino responded. When asked what he drank, he responded, "Vodka... Too many."
Before police arrival, the man told paramedics that he drank five martinis before getting behind the wheel. Because of Marino's injuries, police were unable to request field sobriety tests.
Instead, officers requested the Middlesex District Attorney's Office subpoena Marino's blood work from Lahey Clinic, where he was transported after the crash.
Marino faces charges of operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of property damage and marked lanes violations.