Mass. Trooper Injured When His Cruiser Was Struck

Quincy, Mass. --

A Massachusetts State Police trooper was injured early Sunday morning when his cruiser was struck by a car driven by a suspected drunken driver.

Trooper Brian Berry, 43, was outside his cruiser at about 4:34 a.m. on a motor vehicle stop on the Southeast Expressway in Quincy, when his cruiser was hit from behind by a 2009 Kia Rio, spokesman David Procopio said.

The force of the impact pushed the cruiser into Berry, pinning his legs between the cruiser and the vehicle he had initially stopped.

Berry was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center with leg injuries, Procopio said. He remained there Sunday afternoon for observation.

A sergeant who had arrived to the scene to assist said the driver of the Rio, Wayne Leduc, 40, of Milton, was in his stocking feet and had apparently been driving his car that way. The sergeant also observed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Leduc was charged with OUI, driving to endanger and failing to move over for an emergency vehicle, Procopio said. He was being held on $1,040 bail pending his arraignment Monday in Quincy District Court.

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