QUINCY -- Wayne Leduc pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in Quincy District Court on a drunken driving charge. The Milton resident is accused of injuring State Police Trooper Brian Berry Sunday by crashing his car into Berry's cruiser on I-93 northbound near Exit 9 in Quincy.
By Globe Staff
A Milton man pleaded not guilty today to drunken driving, a charge that was filed after he allegedly drove into a State Police cruiser stopped on the Southeast Expressway in Quincy Sunday night.
Wayne Leduc appeared in Quincy District Court, where Judge Mark Coven set bail at $1,500 cash, according to a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. Leduc has no prior criminal history, officials said.
Berry, 43, was standing in front of his cruiser when Leduc’s 2009 Kia Rio crashed into the rear of the cruiser, propelling the cruiser into Berry, according to State Police.
Berry, who used his radio to call for help, suffered leg injuries and was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital and will recover at home, State Police said today.
Leduc was arrested at the scene by other troopers who responded to Berry’s request for help. In addition to a charge of operating under the influence of liquor, Leduc is charged with operating negligently to endanger, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.
The drunk driving crash involving Berry is just the latest in a series of crashes that have injured state troopers on Massachusetts highways.
On Wednesday morning, Trooper Edward Treseler, a 54-year-old father of two, was seriously injured on Route 30 in Framingham when his cruiser was struck head-on by a car that crossed the median.