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March 11, 2014

Man charged with two DWIs on same day

An Oneonta man was arrested twice Sunday for drunken driving after two accidents at the McDonald’s restaurant on Southside Oneonta, state police at Oneonta said.

Zachary J. Boynton, 31, was involved in a minor property damage accident at about 1 a.m. when he drove his Ford Taurus into the rear of a sedan ahead of him at the drive-through, troopers said. Boynton was charged with driving while intoxicated with a reportable blood-alcohol content of .25 percent, troopers said.

Boynton was issued tickets to appear in court March 25 and was released to a sober third party, who took him home, troopers said.

However, Boynton left his home on Southside Drive and walked to the McDonald’s on state Route 23 to pick up his vehicle, troopers said.

At about 5:15 a.m. troopers returned to the McDonald’s in response to a 911 call reporting that a car had struck the restaurant building and left the scene.

Boynton drove home, hitting two mailboxes along the way, said troopers, who found his vehicle parked outside of his residence.

Boynton’s vehicle had hit the building hard enough that the airbags deployed, troopers said, and he was treated for cuts to his face and arms at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital and released.

Boynton was additionally charged with driving while intoxicated, troopers said, and he was arraigned in Oneonta Town Court and released on recognizance, pending a later court date, to a sober person. 

Troopers said they didn’t know what Boynton ordered from McDonald’s or if he had time to place an order. 

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