Hit and Run Driver Gets Break

A 35 year old Chelsea man (EM) (a legal permanent resident alien) was involved in a two vehicle collison in Chelsea and fled the scene. The driver of the other vehicle got the plate number and a good look at the vehicle. A neighbor saw the collision and thought he recognized the driver. The police ran the plate and it came back to EM’s wife. The wife told the police that her husband had been operating the car. Based on the wife’s statement the police cited EM for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.Prior to trial Attorney Lewin prepared a marital affidavit for EM’s wife to sign wherein she exercised her marital privilege not to testify against her husband.She signed the affidavit and exercised her marital privilege and refused to testify against her husband. Under the Massachusetts rules of evidence her statement to the police that her husband had been driving was inadmissible at trial. On May 4, 2010 the DA’s Office agreed to dismiss the case prior to trial.