State Police Trooper Charged With Drunken Driving

A state police trooper is facing drunken driving charges after crashing his police cruiser in Ashford last week, according to state police.

State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said 43-year-old David Lavoie crashed on Route 44 in Ashford shortly after midnight Wednesday. Lavoie’s police cruiser was heavily damaged and the trooper was injured.

He was treated Windham Hospital. After his release, Lavoie was charged with drunken driving and failure to maintain a lane, Vance said.

A sergeant responding to the crash took Lavoie’s handgun and other police equipment, according to state police.

Lavoie was released from custody after posting $500 bail and is due in court March 5.

State police are investigating the incident and have placed Lavoie on administrative duty, Vance said.

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