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Massachusetts state trooper accused of drunk driving accident

Nearly everyone knows that driving after drinking is dangerous to the driver, his or her passengers and everyone around the impaired driver. The Massachusetts State Police spend a good deal of time enforcing the drinking and driving laws by taking drivers they suspect to be impaired off the state roads. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to some that a state trooper was recently arrested in connection with a suspected drunk driving accident on Route 114.

The trooper, who has been with the Massachusetts State Police since 2000, is suspected of being impaired when police say he caused a single car accident. The passenger in the trooper's vehicle suffered serious injuries in the crash. Emergency responders transported the man to an area hospital. His current condition is not known.

The trooper suffered injuries as well. After he was treated, the North Andover Police Department took him into custody. The driver had a personal firearm in his possession at the time of the accident, the license for which was suspended after his arrest. The morning after the crash, his superiors relieved him of his duties with the gang unit, pending an administrative hearing.

While the trooper waits to discover his fate, his passenger is recovering from his injuries. If he has not already, the victim may soon begin to feel the financial impact of the drunk driving accident. A successfully litigated personal injury claim could lead to an award for damages such as medical costs -- both present and future -- lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: boston.com, "State Trooper Charged with DWI after Crash", Robert Burgess, May 3, 2014

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