EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 26, 2012

Officers' secret defense

Closed-door discipline hearings continue on handling of crashes involving ex-state troopers


The Haverhill police investigation into the Noyes crash concluded the former 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.

Investigators found that officers who were directly involved in the Noyes incident filed incomplete or inaccurate reports which, among other problems, failed to mention that all the officers on the scene and ambulance personnel believed Noyes was intoxicated. 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.




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