A Lynn police lieutenant is facing a drunken driving charge

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Lynn police lieutenant is facing a drunken driving charge following a weekend accident.

Lt. James Shinnick was released on personal recognizance following his arraignment Thursday in Peabody District Court.

He’s scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 14.

State police say the accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Route 1 in Peabody.

Investigators determined the 54-year-old Shinnick lost control of his car as he tried to make a lane change and veered across the highway, clipping the front end of another vehicle. He went off the road and came to a rest at a construction site.

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Lynn Chief Michael Mageary says Shinnick’s duty status will be determined once his arrest is investigated.

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