Here’s yet another example of a police officer — a retired one this time — driving drunk, causing an accident and then not even having a breathalyzer or blood alcohol test administered by the officers who found him parked in the middle of the street, having just hit a telephone poll, reeking of alcohol.
Newly obtained police reports show former state trooper Charles Noyes smelled of alcohol, could not maintain his balance, and had no memory of slamming his Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole in West Newbury March 30 before driving into Haverhill with his air bags deployed.
But Haverhill police did not arrest the 62-year-old highly decorated trooper or charge him with drunken driving after his mangled luxury SUV was found in the travel lane on Amesbury Line Road within minutes of the West Newbury accident — and Haverhill officials are still refusing to say why…
In their reports, The West Newbury officers said they found a utility pole had been snapped about eight inches off the ground and fell into two large pieces across Main Street and wires had been pulled from nearby houses. A pole with a caution yellow light about 15 feet beyond the utility pole had also been hit.
“The pole, which was mounted on a cast iron base and sunk into the ground, was broken off cleanly and landed in the roadway approximately 50 feet west of its original position,” Johnson wrote in his report.
Following a fresh line of “some sort of automotive fluid down Main Street” into Haverhill, the officers found a man in a white Escalade parked in the travel lane at the intersection of East Broadway and Amesbury Line Road, according to the police reports. Behind the wheel was Noyes, who retired in 2006 with the second-highest rank in the state police.
In his report, Cena said he detected a “strong odor of alcohol” on Noyes’ breath and that Noyes had “extreme difficulty maintaining his balance.” Cena said he asked Noyes why he didn’t stop after the accident in West Newbury.
“The male (Noyes) replied that he didn’t know that he had gotten into an accident despite the extensive front end damage of the vehicle,” Cena wrote.
And yet the Haverhill PD spokesman says there was no reason to administer a sobriety test. And I’m sure that would be true of anyone in such a situation who wasn’t a police officer, right? Not on your life.