A Roxbury man, who was allegedly driving drunk, is accused of honking at three pedestrians in a South End crosswalk before speeding up and hitting them just before midnight Friday, Boston police said.

The driver, Michael Watkins, 64, allegedly fled the scene in his car and was arrested nearby on Tremont Street, according to a police statement.

The victims, two women and a man, were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The three told police they were in a crosswalk at the Columbus Avenue and Clarendon Street when the driver beeped at them, then speeded up into them, according to the statement.


When officers found Watkins, they noticed “strong odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect’s breath,” police said.

He was arrested and faces charges in Boston Municipal Court of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an injury, and operating under the influence of alcohol.

An arraignment date was not given.

Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.