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Resident faces charges after crash in Shrewsbury

by | Jul 25, 2021 | News, Police & Fire

A Hopkinton resident was arrested on multiple charges following a two-vehicle accident July 5 in Shrewsbury.

According to Shrewsbury police, Hopkinton’s Leosol Vargas was driving a Lexus RC350 that collided with a Chevrolet Equinox around 2:15 a.m. at the intersection of Route 9 and Quinsigamond Ave. The Equinox flipped over and caught fire in the middle of the intersection, and the driver was helped to safety by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital.

The Lexus ended up in the parking lot of Burger King with “massive damage,” police indicated. There were five individuals in the Lexus, and none of them appeared to have suffered serious injuries.

Vargas, 23, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor resulting in serious bodily injury, operating to endanger, drinking alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle, and possession of narcotics.

A passenger in the Lexus, 22-year-old Benjamin Peterson of West Boylston, was charged with obstruction of justice, two counts of illegal storage of a firearm, and two counts of an intoxicated licensee carrying a firearm. Police stated that two handguns were found in the Lexus, and shell casings in an adjoining parking lot matched the caliber of at least one of the handguns seized.

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