TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts State Police trooper was taken to the hospital after their cruiser was struck late Thursday night in Taunton.
Officials say a suspected impaired driver hit the trooper’s cruiser around 10 p.m. where Route 44 and Cohannet Street meet.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Saul Justa, 44, of Taunton, was arrested on scene and charged with Operating Under the Influence of liquor. A bail clerk ordered him released from custody on $100 cash bail.
The trooper was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“This incident yet again underscores the dangers of the job but also the immense risk that impaired drivers create on our roads. Our message is simple — DRIVE SOBER,” a Facebook post by the State Police Association of Massachusetts read.
Justa was arraigned Friday and was released on $100 cash bail. He’s due back in court on March 1.
The crash remains under investigation.