Cops: A drunk driver hit a police car

January 22, 2010
By

John Ruch

FOREST HILLS—A Roslindale man finished a night of drinking at Costello’s Tavern on Jan. 8 by ramming into the back of a police car on Washington Street, injuring an officer who was making a traffic stop, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD).

John Paul Davey, 38, of 228 Poplar St. was charged with drunk driving and driving without a license. Davey also was charged with Class B drug possession when officers allegedly found what appeared to be cocaine wrapped in a $100 bill tucked inside a cigarette pack in his minivan, according to a police report.

The police car, from West Roxbury’s E-5 Police Station, was parked with lights flashing at Washington and Ukraine Way at about 12:45 a.m. while the officer made a traffic stop on another driver. Davey’s minivan rear-ended the police car without braking, according to the police report. The police car was heavily damaged and forced into the back of the car that was pulled over.

The unidentified police officer was treated and released at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for minor injuries, according to BPD.

Davey allegedly gave varying accounts of the crash, saying he “had a few beers” at the tavern and that he had been talking on a phone during the accident. Davey allegedly failed a field sobriety test and refused a Breathalyzer test.

The driver of the car that was originally pulled over was examined by emergency medical technicians. He did not get out his own tickets, receiving citations for driving an unregistered vehicle without insurance.