A Massachusetts state trooper has been suspended without pay following charges that he was driving under the influence while off-duty in North Andover when he crashed his car, seriously injuring his vehicle’s passenger.
Dale Jenkins, 35, a state trooper since 2000 assigned to the gang unit, was relieved of duty after the May 3 crash of his 1965 Corvette. Not guilty pleas for a number of charges, including carrying a handgun while intoxicated, were entered at Lawrence District Court on Jenkins’ behalf, according to NECN.
The decision to suspend Jenkins indefinitely was made at a duty status hearing on Monday, State Police spokesman David Procopio told the Boston Globe.
According to the Boston Herald, authorities said Jenkins refused to take a breathalyzer test and would not give the name of his injured passenger to public safety personel responding to the scene of the crash.
The judge denied a prosecutor request for house arrest and released Jenkins on the $20,000 bail he posted after his arrest after the defense lawyer argued Jenkins was sober and needs to earn a living to provide for his 4 year old twins, the Eagle Tribune reported.
The car’s passenger, a friend of Jenkins, remained in critical condition at Beth Israel Hospital on Tuesday, according to NECN.