A State Police captain will likely be suspended today over a Saturday incident in which he allegedly refused to stop for Saugus Police investigating an activated residential burglar alarm, State Police say, adding he may have been drunk at the time.
Thomas McCarthy, 47, had his cruiser and gun seized pending a hearing today on his duty status, State Police say in a statement. McCarthy was commander of Troop C, which covers central Massachusetts.
According to State Police, Saugus officers responding to the alarm found McCarthy, off duty at the time, sitting in his unmarked cruiser at the house. The Globe reports the house belongs to his girlfriend, with whom he was having an argument.
McCarthy drove away, police then watched him swerve across lanes on Centre Street at Main Street. When an officer managed to stop the Crown Victoria and approached the car and ordered him out, McCarthy instead drove away, State Police say.
The Saugus officer, eventually joined by two other Saugus cruisers, all with blue lights activated, followed McCarthy onto the Main Street overpass and down onto Route 1 southbound. McCarthy ultimately pulled over in the parking lot outside the Sears Automotive Center at the Square One Mall.
McCarthy was charged with failing to stop for police and failing to stay right. He was not charged with OUI, although State Police say:
A State Police commander also responded to the Saugus police station that night and immediately placed McCarthy on administrative leave pending his duty status hearing. That commander, upon speaking to McCarthy, observed in him signs of intoxication.
State Police Internal Affairs is looking into McCarthy's behavior and "other alleged transgressions."
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