Woman pleads not guilty in Massachusetts trooper accident

As we reported last week, far too many Massachusetts state troopers have been hit by drunk drivers while in the line of duty during recent years. Drunk drivers make the jobs of troopers much more dangerous than they need to be and can lead to serious injuries and even death.

In fact, about two weeks ago, a trooper suffered serious leg injuries after a driver hit him in South Boston and drove off. This prompted the head of the Massachusetts State Police to make a plea to the public to drive safer around troopers who are just doing their jobs.

In related news, it was reported last week that a Weymouth, Massachusetts, woman who is accused of being drunk when she hit a trooper’s cruiser head on and attempting to flee the scene pleaded not guilty to related charges and was released on bail.

The 28-year-old driver had reportedly been heading home after a birthday celebration in Dorchester, Massachusetts, when she ended up traveling the wrong way down Morrissey Boulevard northbound shortly after midnight.

According to police, when the trooper tried to warn the woman that she was going the wrong way by activating his lights, she swerved right into him, hitting the left front of his cruiser. Her car allegedly then ran over a traffic island, and had it not broken down, police said she would have kept going.

When confronted by police, the woman’s breath allegedly smelled of alcohol, her speech was slurred, and her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, the police report said. The woman apparently refused to take a breathalyzer.

The woman appeared in Dorchester District Court recently, where she was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence as well as other violations.

The woman pled not guilty to all charges and her lawyer denied that she had tried to leave the scene of the accident that night. The woman was released on bail of $5,000, on the condition that she agrees to alcohol testing three times a week and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings prior to the pretrial hearing, which is set for August 26.

Source: The Boston Globe, “Not guilty plea in cruiser crash case,” Brian R. Ballou, 6/1/2011.