EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


January 1, 2013

Mayor suspends three officers

Sergeant saves job by accepting demotion to patrolman


DeNaro’s disciplinary letter to Leeman said officers on the scene made “little effort” to locate the keys to Noye’s vehicle, which were on the passenger seat; that no roadside sobriety test was conducted; and that no mention was made in police reports of the officers’ personal observations about Noyes’ “state of sobriety at the scene.” Reports also indicated that ambulance personnel at the scene believed Noyes was drunk.

DeNaro’s letter noted that Miller was at the Noyes’ accident scene for more than 35 minutes and it criticized Leeman for not leaving the police station and traveling to the scene himself before deciding not to proceed with a drunk-driving investigation.

Noyes eventually was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation after admitting there were sufficient facts to find him guilty of negligent driving and leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage.

Haverhill investigators concluded that Miller also conducted a questionable investigation and violated several Police Department rules in his handling of a February 2005 incident in which Regan crashed his white Mercury into another vehicle at the intersection of Route 110 and Forest Street and then fled the scene.

Police found that Miller changed the nature of Regan’s crash on police paperwork from a hit-and-run to a “regular” motor vehicle accident. The investigative report said Miller declined to charge Regan with a crime after meeting with an unidentified state trooper less than one hour after the crash. The meeting took place in a Haverhill shopping mall, according to the police report, which also stresses that Regan was no longer a state trooper at the time.

Police investigators said Miller told them he could not recall the name of the trooper who came to meet him and that he did not write it down anywhere or document the meeting in any way. Police said they do not believe Miller ever spoke to Regan about the crash.

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