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Two are hurt in Fall River after car hits cruiser Police say driver, 23, lost control

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Published on May 12, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B3

A car slammed into the back of a state trooper’s parked cruiser at a construction site on Route 79 in Fall River yesterday, sending both the car’s driver and the trooper to the hospital, State Police said.

The driver of a 1993 Buick Regal apparently suffered a medical incident before the 11:07 a.m. crash, officials said. The Dighton man, 23, lost control, hit a Toyota Prius, and continued into a barrel and sign at the construction site before he struck the cruiser, the officials said.

The trooper was parked under the Brightman Bridge when his cruiser was rammed, State Police said. The trooper, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries and was treated at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and released yesterday afternoon. State Police said they anticipate he will be on injured leave briefly.

The operator of the vehicle was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. No information was released on his condition.

The driver has not been cited. The crash is being investigated and may result in charges against the driver, State Police said.

About a dozen similar incidents have happened in the past year, officials said.

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May 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

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Trooper, driver injured in Fall River crash

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Published May 11, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A car rear-ended a state trooper’s parked cruiser at a construction site on Route 79 in Fall River this morning, sending both the driver of the car and the trooper to the hospital, State Police said.

The driver of a 1993 Buick Regal apparently suffered a medical incident before the 11:07 a.m. crash, State Police said in a statement. The 23-year-old Dighton man lost control and hit a Toyota Prius, continuing into a barrel and sign at the construction site before striking the trooper’s cruiser.

The trooper was parked under the Brightman Bridge when his cruiser was rammed, State Police said in a statement. Though the officer was wearing a seat belt, he sustained minor injuries during the crash and was treated at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and released this afternoon.

The operator of the vehicle that struck the cruiser was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital after the incident, and is still at the hospital. No information was released on his condition.

The driver has not been cited for any violations. The crash is being investigated by the State Police and State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and charges may be brought against the driver, State Police said.

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May 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

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Man arraigned in high-speed highway chase

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Published on May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A Buzzards Bay man was arraigned today on nine charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed highway chase from Boston to West Bridgewater on Friday afternoon.

Boston police attempted to pull over the car driven by William Monopoli, 27, around 1:50 p.m. Friday in Boston but Monopoli allegedly fled onto Interstate 93 southbound, Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman Jake Wark said in a statement.

An off-duty state trooper saw Monopoli’s 1998 Ford Ranger and attempted to pull him over on I-93, but Monopoli allegedly increased his speed to avoid the trooper and continued onto Interstate 24 southbound. He then continued to Route 106 in West Bridgewater where he lost control and crashed, Wark said.

After crashing, Monopoli allegedly jumped from his vehicle and climbed a fence into a parking lot. But he was captured by police around 2:20 p.m.

During the pursuit, Monopoli allegedly struck a pickup truck near Milton Square on I-93, nearly struck a trooper outside of his vehicle on Route 24, and tried to ram another trooper’s car on Route 24.

He was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of operating with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

A dozen pills were allegedly found in Monopoli’s vehicle, as well as a number of broken pills, Wark said. The substance is currently being tested.

Additionally, Monopoli was wanted on a warrant issued by Suffolk Superior Court for failure to report to probation.

Monopoli is schedule to return to court June 7.

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May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Two teenagers charged after SUV crash

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Published on April 26, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B2

Two 14-year-old Cohasset boys are accused of taking a car belonging to one’s parents out early Friday morning for a joy ride that led to a police chase and the totaling of the vehicle in a rollover. They now face a total of seven charges.

The boys, whose identities police did not disclose, took a 2001 Toyota Highlander belonging to the passenger’s parents, Cohasset police said yesterday in a statement.

The driver was operating recklessly before he flipped the SUV several times on Jerusalem Road in Cohasset, police said

Hull police called police in neighboring Cohasset around 2:20 a.m. Friday to report that they were chasing the car near Nantasket Beach.

Hull police then reported they were discontinuing the pursuit because the vehicle was being operated recklessly, Cohasset police said.

Just two minutes later, Cohasset police received a call reporting an accident in their town, just over the line from Hull.

When Cohasset and Hull officers arrived at the scene, they found the passenger sitting on the side of the road, but the driver had fled, police said. The car was totaled.

The passenger was taken to South Shore Hospital and treated for minor injuries, and he will face a charge of using a motor vehicle without authority.

An hour later, K-9 officers from the Scituate police and State Police tracked down the driver at his home, where he was found suffering from minor injuries, police said. The driver’s parents refused medical treatment on his behalf.

The driver faces charges of driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, using a motor vehicle without authority, speeding, and failure to drive in marked lanes.

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April 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

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Police say man who drove into river was texting

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Published on February 23, 2011 in The Boston Globe, Page B2

A man crashed through a guardrail on the White Fuel Bridge and plummeted into the Waters River in Danvers after he was distracted by text messaging while driving Monday night, officials said.

Gerald Maher, 22, of Danvers will be summonsed to court on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and texting while driving, Danvers police said. A Salem District Court official said a court date has not yet been scheduled.

Danvers Police Captain Patrick Ambrose said Maher, who was distracted by texting, hit a snow bank, swerved into the opposite lane on Route 35, crashed through the bridge guardrail, and landed in the river around 11:45 p.m.

“The guardrail was just completely torn off,” he said.

Maher escaped from the car and made his way to shore. He was transported to Beverly Hospital, treated, and released, police said.

The Beverly police dive team searched the area but has not yet found Maher’s 1999 Nissan Altima, Ambrose said.

The team is slated to return to the river this morning to continue the search. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said.

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February 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Minor crash snarls commute on Green Line

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Published on January 19, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

Service from Brigham Circle to Heath Street on the E branch of the MBTA’s Green Line is temporarily disabled following an accident involving a trolley and two cars, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

The accident occurred when a car tried to fit in between a stopped trolley and another automobile on Huntington Avenue and got stuck, he said. The crash was minor and there were no injuries, Pesaturo said in an emailed statement.

MBTA posted a service alert a few minutes before 5 p.m., suggesting that passenges make use of the Route 39 bus between Heath and Brigham Circle.

 

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January 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Barnstable woman, 20, charged with drunken driving after Yarmouth crash

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Published on January 12, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A 20-year-old Barnstable woman was charged with drunken driving after her car rear-ended a pickup truck whose driver had tried to avoid a man who had suddenly jumped into traffic on Route 28 in Yarmouth, police said.

According to Yarmouth police, Tara Tobin admitted that she had drunk six or seven beers at a home in Dennis before she got behind the wheel of her Honda Civic. The crash took place around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Tobin did not cause the crash. Instead, a 47-year-old emotionally disturbed man jumped into the path of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The truck’s driver swerved to avoid the man and was then rear-ended by Tobin’s car, police said.

The man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, police said.

Tobin is to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court when it reopens following today’s snowstorm.

 

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January 12, 2011 at 12:00 am