As a jury heard testimony against one Boston police officer charged with beating an Uber driver, a Suffolk County grand jury was releasing an indictment charging another cop with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a New Year's Day crash in which he was allegedly drunk.
Domenic Columbo, 39, had initially been charged only with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury for a crash at Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in Dorchester on New Year's Day that sent the two occupants of the other vehicle to the hospital - one with serious injuries.
The grand jury added two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his Ford F150 pickup - and negligent operation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, Columbo was off duty and in his own pickup when he sped into a Honda Accord early on Jan. 1
A passenger in that car suffered a traumatic brain injury, the DA's office reports. A blood sample taken at the hospital where Columbo was brought for his own, less severe injuries showed a blood-alcohol content greater than the state legal limit - at least 0.11 - the DA's office says, adding the Accord's driver suffered only minor injuries and showed no signs of impairment.