Boston Police Lieutenant on Leave After Allegedly Crashing His Truck, Fleeing

A Boston Police lieutenant is on administrative leave after authorities said he fled his pickup truck after it crashed into a backhoe removing snow in West Roxbury early Wednesday morning.

Lt. John Earley was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to Boston Police. Any salary owed to Earley during his suspension will be withheld pending the outcome of the department’s investigation, police said.

Police said the backhoe operator, who was not injured in the crash, told them a Nissan pickup truck sustained heavy damage when it crashed into the back of his vehicle near Spring and Baker streets. The driver then reportedly fled the vehicle on foot, leaving the damaged truck in the middle of the road.

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Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the department’s anti-corruption division at 617-343-4366.

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