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August 11, 2013

Haverhill cops blame West Newbury officers for ex-trooper avoiding arrest

Suspended officers tell their story in legal documents


The legal brief goes on to describe a tense discussion between Cena and Noyes as Noyes boarded the ambulance.

“It was at this point that Cena began yelling at Noyes,” the brief said.

It went on to explain what happened next.

Cena accused Noyes of giving officers the run-around, claiming they could not prove Noyes was the operator of automobile.

“Are you really going to play this (expletive) game,” Cena asked Noyes. “You are lucky you made it to Haverhill because if you didn’t you’d be going to jail right now.”

The brief also said Cena told Noyes that he was almost killed by a drunken driver in a previous incident and that Noyes’ “failure to take ownership of what happened was ridiculous.”

In its decision to uphold the suspensions of the Haverhill officers, Civil Service chairman Christopher Bowman accused Noyes of lying to police at the scene of the accident as well as to the commission at a disciplinary hearing for the two Haverhill officers earlier this year. Bowman said Noyes’ testimony to the commission was “wildly unbelievable and tarnishes the image of the Massachusetts State Police.”

The rest of the 41 page legal brief goes on to document how police handled the subsequent investigation and testimony at the Civil Service hearing.

In a statement on the Civil Service Commission’s recent decision to uphold the city’s decision to suspend Leeman and Pagliuca, the police patrolman’s union claimed the commission failed to consider key factual and legal issues in the case.

“The true issue before the commission was not whether Charles Noyes was actually intoxicated, which is what one may assume after reading the decision, it was whether Officer Pagliuca and Lieutenant Leeman had violated their duties as police officers. They did not,” the statement reads, in part.

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