”The appeal before the commission will be public record,” Padolsky said in a written statement. “We are confident in the Civil Service process and confident that a full hearing before the commission will show that Officer Pagliuca responded appropriately and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Haverhill Police Department.”
A message left with the police superior officers union seeking comment on behalf of Miller and Leeman was not returned. City officials said Leeman has also appealed his punishment to Civil Service, however.
A police investigation earlier this year concluded that Noyes, a retired state police deputy superintendent, was given special treatment by West Newbury and Haverhill police officers due to his previous state police position. The probe found that officers declined to arrest Noyes or charge him with drunken driving, even though they had enough evidence to do so, and that reports by officers were so poorly written that prosecutors could not charge Noyes with drunken driving.
According to a discipline letter from DeNaro to Leeman, it was Leeman who concluded there was not enough evidence for officers to conduct a drunk-driving investigation at the scene. This was despite the fact that West Newbury police Sergeant Daniel Cena, who was first on the scene, told Pagliuca that Noyes was “legless” and that he detected a strong odor of alcohol from Noyes when Noyes exited his vehicle and “tinned” Cena by showing Cena his state police badge. Legless is police jargon for intoxicated.
On March 30, Noyes crashed his vehicle into a utility pole around 10:30 p.m. on Route 113 in West Newbury, snapping it in half and cutting power to the surrounding area for almost 11 hours, police said. But he kept driving with his air bags deployed until police found him in the travel lane in the area of 12 River Road, just over the Haverhill line near the Rocks Village Bridge, police said. West Newbury police were first on the scene, followed by Haverhill officers.