Brunswick man indicted on 9 counts after high-speed accident

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BATH — A Brunswick man who allegedly exceeded the speed limit by 100 mph was indicted on several felony charges June 13 by a Sagadahoc County grand jury.

The nine-count indictment against Joseph Boyington, 22, stemmed from a March 19 motor vehicle accident on Route 1 in Bath. He was charged with elevated aggravated assault, Class A; two counts of aggravated assault, Class B; aggravated operating under the influence, Class C; aggravated driving to endanger, Class C; three counts of reckless conduct, Class C, and criminal speeding, Class E.

An indictment is a finding that enough evidence exists to prosecute, not a finding of guilt.

The crash investigation showed Boyington was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his 2003 Acura into the rear of another vehicle, according to Bath police.

He was driving north in the passing lane at the time, and hit a median guardrail. His vehicle rebounded across the passing lane and into the travel lane, where it struck the rear of a 2008 Lincoln SUV with what police called “an extreme amount of force.”

Based on reconstruction of the accident by the Brunswick Police Department and Maine State Police, Boyington was charged with driving 135 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Each vehicle had an operator and one passenger; all four occupants were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. Michael Mason, a passenger in Boyington’s car, was the most seriously injured, according to police.

Boyington is free on bail. He is prohibited from possessing liquor or drugs, and is subject to electronic monitoring. He is scheduled to appear in Sagadahoc County Superior Court next month.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.