CHELMSFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – FOX 25 has learned that a Mass. State Trooper was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol after a crash.
The 48-year-old trooper was arrested at a Chelmsford intersection after his off-duty SUV hit a car head on. In a police report, a witness and the driver of the other car both say Sergeant Sean Gately ran a red light before the crash
“And I was so scared and I was screaming, it all happened so quickly,” the woman involved said.
She did not want to be identified, but said that right away she could smell alcohol on Gately’s breath.
“I smelt a very strong odor when he was trying to talk to me,” she said. “All he wanted to do was exchange info and walk out from there, that’s all he wanted to do.”
In the police report, the responding Chelmsford officer says he noticed alcohol on the trooper’s breath. When asked if he had been drinking, the trooper said he did not wish to answer. He refused a field sobriety test but later during the booking process he agreed to a chemical test.
Test one says he had a blood alcohol level of .257, while Test two said .255. That’s more than three times the legal drinking limit.
“I was more in shock than when the accident happened, knowing this was a police officer,” the woman involved said.
The woman says her car is totaled and she suffers from neck and shoulder injuries. State police have suspended Gately without pay.
Gately earned $ 125,000 last year as a trooper and has been on the force since at least 2004.
State police are not commenting, but say they're conducting their own investigation.