Councillor Mark Casella has employed Revere Attorney Gerry D’Ambrosio to defend him against a possible charge of operating while under the influence of alcohol, and D’Ambrosio tells the Journal that they are confident Casella will not be charged with that crime.
D’Ambrosio said that the accident – which happened early in the morning on Tuesday – was the result of another driver speeding down the street. Casella went head-first into the windshield of his motor vehicle, shattering the windshield and giving him a major knock to the head.
“He had a very serious trauma to the head as a result of the accident, which was caused by a speeding vehicle coming up Geneva Street and he almost had a head-on collision with that vehicle,” said D’Ambrosio. “Our position is when the evidence, or lack of evidence, is reviewed, there will be no formal charges against Mark Casella.”
Following the accident, police issued a finding of operating while under the influence of alcohol and driving to endanger. A Clerk Magistrate at Chelsea District Court will review the evidence at a private hearing in the near future and determine whether or not there is enough evidence to charge Casella.
“This is very early in the process and there’s still no formal charges against him,” said D’Ambrosio.
Sources close to the investigation told the Journal that the only evidence the police had of Casella driving drunk was the observations of Officers Brian Thornton and Evan Franklin. There was no physical evidence such as a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test performed, those sources indicated.
Look for more information in next week’s edition of the Journal’s print edition.