Off-Duty Trooper Admits To Smoking Crack Before Car Crash, Rescuers Say
Crashed into on-duty cop during a traffic stop
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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