NEWARK — Village police believe alcohol and possibly drugs contributed to a two-car crash Sunday that resulted in serious injuries to two people and sent four to area hospitals.
Newark Police Chief Dave Christler said the crash happened about 11:45 a.m. in front of Dunkin’ Donuts on East Union Street. Michael Boughton, 55, of Whitings Corners Road, Arcadia, was trying to turn into the business when he was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by Joseph Miles, 24, of Throop, Pa.
Witnesses told police Miles was driving through the village well above the speed limit and in the wrong lane for many blocks before the crash.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
“The scary thing is he went through two red lights ... and for about a half-mile was in and out of the wrong side of the road,” said Christler, adding that Miles was probably going between 45 and 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Michael Boughton and a passenger, Audrey Boughton, 86, were taken by Lyons Ambulance to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. They were treated for minor injuries and released.
Miles and his passenger, Jonathan Rowland, 24, were taken by Newark-Arcadia Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. Miles was treated for a broken leg, cuts and bruises while Rowland was treated for serious cuts to his scalp and face.
Christler said both remained hospitalized as of Monday. Blood was taken from Miles and the results will determine if any charges will be filed.
“We’re pretty sure in the end it will be DWI and we are probably looking at an assault charge,” said Christler, adding the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office will likely present the case to a grand jury.
Assisting Newark police were state police and the Newark Volunteer Fire Department. Christler said an initial investigation indicates alcohol played a role in the crash.
He added that Miles and Rowland were not wearing seat belts, contributing to the seriousness of their injuries. Rowland’s scalp was cut badly by hitting his head on the windshield.