TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton police sergeant has been placed on administrative leave following a crash that left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.
Shawn Smith, 49, of Raynham, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor causing serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to Taunton police.
Officers responded to Harvey Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday for reports of an accident involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle.
Police said they arrived to find the motorcycle rider, a 52-year-old Rehoboth man, suffering from serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Smith was arrested following an on-scene investigation and subsequently placed on leave. He was off-duty at the time, police said, and allegedly operating a personal vehicle.
Smith has been a member of the department since November 2000, according to police.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Taunton District Court.