State Trooper Charged with DWI after Crash

Massachusetts State Police
Massachusetts State Police
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An off-duty Massachusetts state trooper has been charged with driving under the influence in North Andover after he crashed his car, injuring his vehicle’s passenger, according several media reports.

Dale Jenkins, a state trooper since 2000 currently assigned to the gang unit, was relieved of duty after the Saturday morning crash, according to NECN.com.

Jenkins, who was carrying a personal gun at the time, was arrested after the 1 a.m. crash on Route 114 that severely injured his adult male passenger.

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He will be arraigned next week on charges of operating under the influence causing bodily injury and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, NECN reported.

“The State Police condemn all instances of impaired operation,” the State Police said in a statement, adding that their thoughts “are first and foremost with the passenger in the car who was seriously injured.”

Jenkins was treated for injuries at Lowell General Hospital, released to the North Andover Police Department, and had his license to carry a firearm suspended, according to WHDH.

WBZ reported that the State Police will hold an administrative hearing next week to determine what the duty status of Jenkins should be while charges are pending.