A Massachusetts police officer involved in an accident has been charged with OUI. The accident occurred in May when the off-duty police officer allegedly failed to stop, causing a serious accident. The officer has since been charged with OUI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.
The accident happened at an intersection in Hyde Park. According to reports, a car sped through the intersection at a high rate of speed and did not stop. His vehicle collided with a Honda Accord and another vehicle. The driver of the Honda was seriously injured. Reports indicate that witnesses at the scene believed the off-duty police officer was driving drunk; however, it is unclear if any sobriety tests were completed at the scene as the officer was being treated by paramedics when officers approached him.
It took 33 days for the police to bring OUI charges against the police officer, who is now reportedly on administrative restricted duty. His license has also been revoked. According to a witness, the driver did not take a Breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident; however, the accuracy of that report has not been verified. Another witness stated that the driver of the Honda may have failed to complete a stop before proceeding through the intersection.
Along with criminal OUI charges, this police officer is now facing a civil suit by the injured driver of the Honda. In cases such as this one, those who are accused of drunk driving may be very interested in mounting a defense against such serious charges. In this case, the off-duty officer has already lost his license, and further may stand to lose his job if convicted of the charges.
In Massachusetts, individuals facing charges have the right to be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. With career and penal consequences on the line, the officer will do well to focus on the specifics of each accusation against him as he prepares to defend against the potentially life-altering allegations.
Source: WHDH.com, "Boston police officer charged with OUI after wreck," Victoria Warren, June 27, 2012