UXBRIDGE — The passenger in a car driven by a Northbridge police officer that was in an accident that injured three people Thursday night was arraigned yesterday in Uxbridge District Court on a charge of misleading a police investigation.
Elizabeth J. Hubert, 28, of 9 West St., Northbridge, is scheduled to appear in court Nov.4 for a pretrial conference along with veteran Northbridge police Officer Joshua A. Nadeau of Millbury. He was arraigned Friday on charges of drunken driving, drunken driving while causing serious bodily injury and failure to keep right for an oncoming vehicle.
The charges stem from a crash on Douglas road in Northbridge that caused serious injuries to Dennis E. Guertin, 54, of Douglas. Mr. Guertin was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester for serious injuries to his left leg and hip. A UMass spokesman said the hospital had no record of a patient with that name.
Ms. Hubert suffered head and facial injuries, police said. Officer Nadeau suffered minor injuries.
Police said Officer Nadeau was driving a Ford F250 pickup truck east on Douglas Road when it crossed the centerline and struck a Volkswagen Passat driven by Mr. Guertin about 11:25 p.m.
Northbridge Police Lt. Timothy Labrie said in a report that when police arrived at the crash scene, Ms. Hubert was sitting in the driver’s seat of the Ford F250 with a large amount of blood on her face and head while Officer Nadeau, who had a small amount of blood around his mouth, was on the passenger side.
Officer Nadeau allegedly told police that Ms. Hubert had been driving.
However, Lt. Labrie and Sgt. Brian Patrinelli said they saw a large round indentation in the passenger side of the windshield.
“The window was shattered in this area of identification and officers observed there to be several pieces of what appeared to be long brown/blond hair stuck in the broken windshield in the indentation. This indentation was directly in front of the passenger side seat of the truck,” Lt. Labrie’s report said.
A booking photo of Officer Nadeau attached to the report indicates he had very short, close-cropped hair.
The report also said a man and a woman who came upon the accident scene told police they saw Officer Nadeau and Ms. Hubert switch seats before the police arrived.
Ms. Hubert was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at her house, police said.