Happened on April 3, WBZ reports.
I'm sure it will all be a huge misunderstanding and he'll be reassigned to a desk job with a raise in pay.
This Trooper must have some serious drag to get hired after a rape allegation. My guess is he will skate by on this minor incident with a stern warning. Its a good thing he wasn't travelling down Memorial Drive the wrong way on a skateboard or he would have been in a heap of trouble.
They've issued a statement on the Mem. Drive investigation and add:
Additionally, a media report last night, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, noted that Trooper Paicos was "involved" in an allegation of statutory rape several years ago while he was employed by a local police department in southeastern Massachusetts. In fact, Trooper Paicos was neither charged nor even accused of rape. State Police investigated this accusation during a detailed background check prior to hiring Trooper Paicos. That background check determined that a teenage girl reported to Abington Police that she had been raped by an unknown assailant. A day later, the girl admitted that she was not raped. Trooper Paicos, who knew the girl, was never accused of rape, and the local police department's investigation determined that no rape -- either by force or statutorily -- occurred.
Not to ask a stupid question, but which traffic offenses are so severe as to guarantee an arrest, and not just a ticket? I never really thought about it before, but I guess driving the wrong way on a highway would probably qualify.
Technically almost no traffic offense would 'guarantee' an arrest. Some traffic offenses carry a right of arrest, although the officer could still summons you. Other offenses don't carry a right of arrest in and of themselves, but you can be arrested if the offense amounts to a breach of the peace. I would feel pretty comfortable arresting a wrong-way driver on a highway as a breach of the peace, but probably not a confused out of towner who accidentally turned the wrong way down a one-way, or someone who screwed up and drove 50 yards down the wrong on ramp before pulling over.
Sounds like there's a lot of room for discretion/ common sense.
That's the idea.
Slight correction, it might be a little awkward arresting someone on the highway, since the staties own that.
BTW, he still lives at home with Mom and Dad.
I was wondering how this story got out myself.