BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A Boston police officer was driving drunk at 68 mph when he blew through a Hyde Park stop sign and crashed into a young woman’s car, authorities charged today.
Patrolman Richard T. Jeanetti pleaded innocent in West Roxbury District Court.
“We vigorously deny the charges, and we’re retaining our own expert to refute the data,” Jeanetti’s lawyer Thomas Drechsler told the Herald.
Boston police say Jeanetti, 36, was involved in the collision on May 24 at 11:53 p.m. Officers who responded to the crash say they found Jeanetti’s 2007 Toyota Tundra up on the sidewalk and rammed into a retaining wall, and Jeanetti, on the sidewalk, “bleeding profusely from the face and right leg.”
He was transported to the hospital, where his blood-alcohol level was determined to be 0.27, more than three times the state’s legal limit for driving, according to authorities.
His car’s black box revealed he was traveling at 68 mph seconds before the crash, authorities said.
Two others, including Brianna O’Neill of Mansfield, were injured.
Jeanetti today pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop and speeding.
Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said the department’s internal affairs division is also probing the collision.
Jeanetti is currently on desk duty, she said.