• Police: Trooper facing OUI showed no signs of being drunk at scene of fatal crash


    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Investigators who responded to the scene of a crash in Plymouth that killed two Carver women said the Mass. State Police officer involved in the crash showed no signs of being under the influence of alcohol.

    John Basler, 25, of Kingston, was cited at his home Friday with charges of operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He was also expected be charged with carrying a firearm while under the influence of liquor.

    The Boston Herald reports Basler, who became a state trooper in March 2012, was not given a field sobriety test at the scene of the Sept. 22 crash. A state police spokesperson told the newspaper Basler was charged several days later after police received blood alcohol test reports.

    Susan Macchi, 64, of Carver, and her daughter, Juliet Macchi, 23, died in the head-on crash. The elder woman, who was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene. The younger woman died at a local hospital.

    Basler, who was off-duty, was transported to South Shore Hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. He was temporarily relieved of duty after state police officials learned he was being cited. His license to carry was also revoked.

    A hearing during which investigators will present the charges against the 25-year-old was scheduled for Tuesday in Plymouth District Court. State police officials plan to hold a disciplinary hearing for Basler Wednesday.

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