Suspect in fatal DUI crash tells police he had ‘five or six beers’ before driving

Michael Spinale, of Boston, who has been accused of driving drunk and killing a passenger in a taxi, told police he was bar hopping on St. Patrick’s Day before the crash. (WCVB/WJAR)

A Boston man accused of driving drunk and killing a passenger in a taxi told police he was bar hopping on St. Patrick’s Day before the crash.

Michael Spinale was arraigned in Attleboro District Court Monday on several charges, including motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence and speeding.

Investigators said Spinale, 41, was drunk and speeding at about 1 a.m. Saturday when he rear-ended a taxi on Interstate-95 in Attleboro.

The crash killed Kailash Bolar, 39, of East Greenwich, who was riding in the taxi. Friends said Bolar leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The taxi driver, a Brockton man, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Massachusetts State Police said when they asked Spinale if he had been drinking, he said, “of course I did, it’s St. Patrick’s Day,” and told them he had “five or six beers.”

A witness told police he saw the suspect going more than 100 miles an hour on I-95. The cab driver told police he was going between 75 to 80 miles per hour when the cab was rear ended.

A friend of the victim’s told NBC 10 Bolar had moved to the United States from India a few years to give his family a better life.

“He recently built his home. Set up everything. His life was on the right path. He was living the dream and he made it,” said Mukul Kumar, the victim’s friend.

Kumar described his friend as a kind and smart man who was dedicated to his wife and daughter.

“He was just the nicest person you would know,” Kumar said.

Bolar was an employee at Deloitte, a consulting firm. A spokesman for the company described Bolar’s death as “extremely sad news.”

“We are shocked by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague,” the spokesman noted in a statement to NCB 10 News.” As we grieve Kailash’s loss, we are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers and continuing to support them during this extremely difficult time.”

The taxi driver told state police he picked up Bolar at Logan International Airport in Boston and was driving Bolar to his home in East Greenwich when the crash happened.

The suspect’s attorney had little to say outside of the courthouse.

“Obviously, this is a tragic case and our hearts go out to the loved ones of the deceased,” Patrick Reddington, Spinale’s lawyer, said.

Investigators said Spinale failed a field sobriety test and accused the taxi driver of coming to a stop on I-95. Police said he yelled at the driver “you just stopped , why did you just stop?” The driver told him he didn’t and that Spinale crashed into his cab.

Spinale plead not guilty to the charges on Monday. He was released on $10,000 bail during the weekend.

As part of Spinale’s bail, he is not allowed to drive and has to undergo random alcohol tests.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victim. Click here to learn more.

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