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Drunk charges for rookie cop: Off-duty Quincy officer charged with drunken driving after chase

By DON CONKEY
The Patriot Ledger


A new Quincy police officer was arrested for alleged drunken driving after being pursued by State Police and hitting a van with seven people in it.

Siobhan O'Connor, 25, who was sworn in as a patrol officer in January, was arraigned yesterday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and failure to stop for police.

State Police Lt. Eric Anderson said nobody in the van appeared to have been injured.

Anderson said O'Connor, of 29 Wallace Road, Quincy, was off duty when she was pursued by State Police on Route 93 northbound, approaching Exit 18, at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

O'Connor's vehicle failed to stop for police and her vehicle struck the van in the area of the exit, Anderson said.

O'Connor was arrested at the scene, Anderson said.

Quincy Police Capt. Robert Crowley said today that O'Connor was placed on paid administrative leave at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Crowley said that he planned to meet with Mayor William Phelan in regard to O'Connor's situation.

Crowley said the Quincy Police Department would conduct an internal investigation and State Police would conduct the criminal investigation.

The City of Quincy has fired three police officers this year in what has been the largest forced departure in the department in recent memory.

In May, Mayor William Phelan fired Officer Timothy Kaes, who faced criminal drunken driving charges after crashing a car into a Wollaston house while off duty.

Kaes was fired following a disciplinary hearing and a recommendation from a city lawyer who was overseeing the proceedings.

That termination stemmed from an early-morning incident in September. The 32-year-old Kaes crashed into the garage of a Wayland Street home, after first hitting a fire hydrant, a sign and a car.

In January, the city fired 19-year patrolman William Wright after a private investigator caught him on videotape doing home improvement work while said to be out of work nursing a shoulder injury.

In May, the city confirmed that Sgt. Susan Perch, a 21-year police veteran, had been fired. A source said she had five or six months of unexplained absences.
 
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