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An off-duty Massachusetts State Police trooper crashed his car into an on-duty police cruiser while allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Fox Boston reported Shawn D'Amato, a 19-year veteran of the force, hit a police cruiser in the middle of a traffic stop in Revere, Mass. so hard the cruiser slammed into the stopped car and spun out into traffic along Route 16. Responding officers noted in their report that D'Amato's speech was slurred and he smelled strongly of alcohol. D'Amato also told EMTs that he had smoked crack cocaine in the last hour and had visible track marks on his arms suggesting intravenous drug use.

D'Amato was arraigned Monday while recovering in the hospital after the crash. He is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing an emergency vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance with a no-driving order.




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      poppiscw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Released under his own recog ?????????????????
        j4bs4209333
        • 1 Year Ago
        @poppiscw
        That's the normalcy here in MA. You get away with everything here with a slap on the wrist. Just look on the sex offender registry website and you'll see how many level 3 repeat offenders are already released after a couple years. I think it's ridiculous that you have to take a drug test to work at Home Depot, but apparently not to be a State Trooper. Read this article from 2 years ago (link below). A rogue MA State Police Captain arrested for dui and refusing to stop, then he defaults on his arraignment date in court and he's still only given a cwof for 6 months. This state is a joke. http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x229376074/Mass-state-police-captain-in-Saugus-chase-dodges-hearing-arraignment-is-suspended-without-pay/print
      KrushKrills
      • 1 Year Ago
      Microprocessors!
      fecoyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      These jobs are some of the very best. Why the he11 would someone jeopodize their career & health by going down this road. I know its human to fail but they have to be amongst the top rung to get appointed
      kathleen.haxton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone else would have been thrown in the slammer! He needs to be fired! Don't they do random drug tests on troopers and cops? If they don't ...they should!!!!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      As citizens, we are expected to place this type of official on a pedestal and respect them, bend and lower our heads to the all mighty!!! The all American heroes of the community.! right? Because we the people have giving them so much leeway and power...... most of them treat us like peasants of years past. These are the people that our children are supposed to go to for help and trust.!! Persons of this statue and all government issued similarities should be held accountable 10 times the standard. No questions asked.
      RJM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's fair to say that Trooper D'Amato can kiss his 19 year law enforcement career goodbye. Just boggles the mind that police would allow themselves to become addicted to drugs after seeing what it does to average citizens. I hope he gets the help he obviously needs, but at the same time, he needs to be terminated from his position for this offense. Hope the on-duty trooper and the citizen hurt by this policeman's actions recover from their injuries.
        mitholander
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RJM
        Don't know how many years it takes to fully vest in his pension system but if it's 20 years like mine was, he has truly pissed in his milk. What a dumbass!