The Globe reports the following:
Cambridge police gave state Senator Anthony Galluccio a ride home early the morning of Oct. 4 when a gas station attendant called 911 and said he feared the lawmaker was “too intoxicated to drive,” according to a police report made public today. Thirteen hours later Galluccio was behind the wheel and fleeing the scene of a crash after rear-ending a minivan and hurting a 13-year-old boy.
Good Lord. So, was Galluccio drunk when he rear-ended the van? Or was he sober, but so terrified that the police, having driven him home drunk only a few hours earlier, would throw the book at him, that he drove away?
It doesn’t matter. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense; driving to a restaurant that closes at 1 a.m. and ending up so drunk that your friend has to drive you home at 4:30 a.m. (what happened to those three and a half hours, anyway?) shows, at best, questionable judgment for any 42-year-old, to say nothing of a state Senator. Add to that Galluccio’s history of drinking and driving, and, well …
I hope Galluccio gets help for what seems to me to be a significant problem with alcohol and driving. He needs to leave the Senate in order to focus on that — it’s more important to him, and to the public. He is very fortunate that, so far, he has not seriously injured anyone, though the extent of the harm to the 13-year-old he injured last month appears to be unclear. He should do something about this before his luck runs out.