UPDATED: Driver charged with OUI in mult-vehicle crash on Route 28 in Yarmouth

Google Earth/CWN

Francis S. Caruso

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth Police report that on Wednesday at approximately 6:47 PM, Yarmouth Police and Firefighters were dispatched to the area of Route 28 and Bliscott Avenue in South Yarmouth regarding several 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred.

It was also reported that the vehicle that caused the crash was attempting to leave the scene.

Patrol Officer Andrew Coville arrived on scene and immediately observed a black pickup truck crashed into a large sign at the corner of Seaview Ave and Route 28.

There were several bystanders around the vehicle pointing at the vehicle and yelling that it was in fact the vehicle that had caused the accident.

Officer Coville and other Patrol Officers secured the immediate area and approached the crashed vehicle and observed a white male sitting in the driver seat with the vehicle still running. The front of the vehicle was severely damaged but the man was conscious and alert.

A witness reported that he was directly behind the crashed vehicle during the crash and witnessed the vehicle collide with several other vehicles before crashing into the pole where it was currently stopped.

The witness stated that the operator of the vehicle attempted to back up and leave several times but was unable to due to the severe damage to the vehicle.

The operator identified himself as Francis Caruso. As Caruso began to speak, Officer Coville detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. His eyes were blood shot and glassy and his speech was thick tonged and extremely slurred.

The driver stated that he had 3 Sierra Nevada beers approximately 3 hours earlier.

A series of standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered. At the conclusion of the testing, Francis S. Caruso, 62, of Dennis was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol, operating negligently to endanger and marked lanes violation. He was transported to Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters.

During the booking process Caruso was extremely uncooperative. He was extremely unsteady on his feet and used the booking counter to brace himself for balance. Francis was extremely argumentative and at times and hostile to the point where he had to be placed in handcuffs again, until he calmed down and was willing to continue the booking process.

As a result of the motor vehicle crash caused by Caruso, two people were transported to Cape Cod Hospital for injuries and four other vehicles were damaged—one of which was a Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Flex Bus with passengers on board.

Caruso was held overnight and transported to the Barnstable District Court Thursday morning for arraignment.
Media release and mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police

737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Contact Us | Advertise Terms of Use 
Employment and EEO | Privacy