September 2010 Archives

September 29, 2010

Massachusetts State Trooper Arrested for DUI and Assault on Off-Duty Boston Police Officer

Massachusetts State Trooper Timothy Walsh was arraigned on Monday on DUI-related charges and for pulling his gun on an off-duty Boston Police Officer. He was arraigned this past Monday for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm and other related Drunk Driving Charges.

Walsh is alleged to have hit several cars early this past Saturday morning on Boston Street. A Boston Police Officer who lives on the street responded to the incident, and Walsh then allegedly pointed his gun at him. Boston Police further allege that Walsh then went into the Boston Police Officer's home and fired his gun.

As a result of this incident and his arrest, Walsh was indefinitely suspended without pay. He is an 18 year Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan. At his arraignment in Dorchester District Court, he was released on Personal Recognizance but ordered to remain alcohol-free; submit to random alcohol breath tests, and to submit to a Mental Health Evaluation.

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September 13, 2010

Lowell Man Arraigned in Drunk Driving Death of Off-Duty Lowell Police Officer

Theary Chan, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was arraigned this morning in Lowell District Court on Drunk Driving Charges in connection with the death of Sgt. Patrick Johnson, an off-duty Lowell Police Officer who was struck and killed early Saturday morning.

Middlesex County Prosecutors allege that Chan was was driving drunk when his vehicle blew a stop sign and struck Johnson, was was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Foster Street in Lowell.

Chan was arraigned for DUI / Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and related Drunk Driving charges and bail was set at $5,000. As a result of the Chan allegedly causing the death of another, he could also be prosecuted for Vehicular Homicide.

DUI / OUI Charges in Massachusetts: In every Massachusetts courtroom, Drunk Driving Charges are prosecuted very aggressively, no matter if it involved an accident or even death, as in the case above. Not only do DUI / OUI Charges carry a potential term of imprisonment, but they also carry serious penalties that include Driver's License suspensions, fines, probation, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and/or community service.

The strength of your OUI / DUI defense depends on a variety of factors. For example, whether the police officer claim they could smell alcohol on your breath; if you were unsteady on your feet or had slurred speech; whether you were involved in an accident; had empty or open alcohol containers in the car; failed any Field Sobriety Tests; and/or if you took or Refused the Breathalyzer Test.

See also Massachusetts Drunk Driving Penalties.

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