4 Mass. troopers injured when cruiser struck by alleged drunk driver

One of the troopers had recently graduated from the academy.

Four Massachusetts state troopers were injured early Monday morning when an alleged drunk driver struck the back of a cruiser during a traffic stop, causing a chain-reaction crash in Brockton, according to officials.

Frandy Jose Ramirez Rodriguez, 26, of Brockton, is being charged with operating under the influence of liquor; negligent operation; operating after his license was suspended; operating an uninsured motor vehicle; failure to take care in starting, stopping, or turning; and a marked lanes violation, police said.

Two cruisers were stopped on Route 27 near Westgate Drive around 12:56 a.m. when the vehicle Ramirez Rodriguez was driving, a 2013 Hyundai Genesis, allegedly struck the back of one of the cruisers while traveling northbound. The cruiser that was struck then pushed into the second cruiser, which struck the 2011 Subaru Forester that was part of the initial stop.

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All four troopers involved — one was a field training officer while another was a recent recruit who graduated from the academy on June 27 — were brought to Brockton’s Good Samaritan Hospital with injuries believed to be nonlife-threatening “of varying severity.” They were released later Monday morning. The driver of the Subaru was also brought to the hospital for potential minor injuries.

Ramirez Rodriguez was slated for arraignment in Brockton District Court Monday.