Off-Duty Mass. State Trooper Charged With DUI After Crashing Into On-Duty Trooper

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An off-duty state trooper in Massachusetts has been charged with driving under the influence of drug and alcohol when he crashed into the cruiser of another state trooper who on-duty was making a traffic stop.

According to state police, Trooper John Phonesavanh had pulled over another car on Route 1 south in Revere, Mass., around 12:40 a.m. on Monday and was still inside his cruiser when a 2013 Toyota Corolla crashed into the back of his car.

State police said 43-year-old Shawn D’Amato, an off-duty trooper, was the behind the wheel of the Toyota Corolla. Once D’Amato is released from the hospital, he will be arraigned.

Phonesavanh and the driver of the car that he had pulled over all suffered minor injuries and were rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital.

According to, D’Amato was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and blocking an emergency vehicle.

State Police Colonel Timothy Alben released a statement to CBS Boston regarding D’Amato’s arrest:

“The mixing of alcohol and/or controlled substances with the operation of a motor vehicle is not just irresponsible, it is a reckless and deliberate culmination of bad decision making that has contributed to unspeakable loss of lives, life altering injuries and incomprehensible damage to people and families. The men and women of the Massachusetts State Police – every one of us – have witnessed such tragedies up close and as personal as it can be experienced. We know the consequences! As Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police I am angered, dismayed and saddened by the alleged conduct of any member of this department who would recklessly risk the lives and safety of anyone, whether that be another police officer or an innocent member of the community we are sworn to protect. I speak for every member of this department when I say that this is not who we are; that we take an oath to uphold the law and ensure that anyone who commits such senseless, criminal acts will be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law as well as fully accountable to the rules of this department. We respect the judicial process as it applies to everyone, but will aggressively pursue justice in this and every such case.”

Sources: WCVB, CBS Boston