SOUTHBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police have arrested one of their own Tuesday afternoon for crashing his state car in Southbury while driving under the influence late September.
Troopers said State Police Sgt. John McDonald, 37, was off-duty when he drove under the influence after leaving a party at a brewery in Oxford on Sept. 25. Police say McDonald had at least 8 drinks at the party.
He ran a stop sign on Strongtown Road and hit a second car with two passengers – a mother and daughter – causing both cars to go off the road and into the woods. All three were injured.
McDonald was charged with assault with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, reckless driving, and failure to obey stop sign.
McDonald turned himself in to Troop I in Bethany on Tuesday.
McDonald refused a breathalyzer test on scene and refused medical treatment.
Colonel Stavros Mellekas of the Connecticut State Police told News 8 that even without a breathalyzer test, they believe they can make a case for OUI (operating while under the influence) after they spent a lot of time talking to witnesses, taking statements, reviewing video footage of the incident, and reviewing medical releases.
Troopers said the incident investigation is complete, and an internal investigation is underway. The criminal investigation is in progress.
McDonald has been suspended with pay Tuesday night, but stripped of all Officer duties. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 2.
The victims’ family have filed a lawsuit.