Police say that the off-duty motor vehicle accident occurred just prior to 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. A passenger who was riding with the trooper suffered critical injuries in the car accident. Allegedly, the now-suspended trooper refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, blood test and urine test. Police further claim that he refused to give authorities information about the identity of his passenger. A doctor from the hospital who treated the victim of the crash suspects that the officer was purposefully being uncommunicative.
The trooper was charged with drunk driving. He was also accused of possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. Thus far, he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Drunk driving accidents can leave victims with substantial medical bills, permanent disabilities and pain and suffering. Personal injury lawsuits help injured parties seek compensation from at-fault drivers. While such compensation cannot undo the injuries, it can help make it easier for victims as they attempt to move forward from the accident.
Personal injury lawsuits are subject to statutes of limitation, which dictate how long someone has to file suit. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with more information.
Source: masslive.com, “Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dale Jenkins, relieved of duty after North Andover crash that seriously injured his passenger, suspended without pay indefinitely” Connor Berry, May. 06, 2014