A State Police trooper was injured in a head-on crash just after midnight last night by an allegedly drunk driver heading the wrong way on Morrissey Boulevard in Boston, according to State Police.
Cara R. Dellabarba, 28, of Weymouth allegedly drove over the road’s center divider and hit the state trooper. She then tried to escape, but was halted because her transmission was damaged in the crash.
Brian Quigley, state trooper, was treated and released at Boston Medical Center after suffering an undisclosed lower body injury, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.
“Thankfully, his injuries turned out not to be serious,” Procopio said.
The Boston Globe reports that this was the 45th time since January 2010 that a state trooper has been hit and injured by a motorist, and the 23rd time the driver was supposedly drunk.
Troopers from the South Boston barracks promptly responded to the crash and performed sobriety tests on Dellabarba, which police say she failed.
The suspect was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and a marked lanes violation, according to the Boston Globe. Dellabarba was released on $5,050 cash bail and is expected to be arraigned in the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court next week.
The crash occurred at about 12:13 a.m. near Freeport Street. Quigley was heading north on Morrissey when he saw the Nissan driving on the wrong side of the road. He proceeded to turn his lights and siren on to pull the car over, when Dellabarba swerved at the cruiser and hit it head-on on the front-left side, according to the Globe.