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May 23, 2012

Report: Ex-trooper smelled of alcohol, had trouble standing

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HAVERHILL — Newly obtained police reports show former state trooper Charles Noyes smelled of alcohol, could not maintain his balance, and had no memory of slamming his Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole in West Newbury March 30 before driving into Haverhill with his air bags deployed.

But Haverhill police did not arrest the 62-year-old highly decorated trooper or charge him with drunken driving after his mangled luxury SUV was found in the travel lane on Amesbury Line Road within minutes of the West Newbury accident — and Haverhill officials are still refusing to say why.

"This investigation will be completed when I feel that we have done everything necessary to obtain all the relevant facts regarding this incident," Haverhill Public Safety Commissioner Alan DeNaro said in an e-mail to an Eagle-Tribune reporter yesterday. "We will not be rushed to accommodate your mandated time table."

The police reports that referred to Noyes smelling of alcohol and gave other details of his condition were written by West Newbury police officers Daniel Cena and Royster Johnson, who responded to the 10:24 p.m. crash.

The Eagle-Tribune obtained the reports from Newburyport District Court, where they are on file.

When asked yesterday to comment on the West Newbury police reports, Noyes' lawyer Randy Chapman said a Haverhill police report exists that indicates a Haverhill patrolman did not detect an odor of alcohol or that Noyes was unsteady on his feet. The patrolman's street supervisor also did not make observations of an odor of alcohol or of any unsteadiness, Chapman said.

"It appears to me based on all the evidence that there was no reason to ask him to perform any field sobriety tests," Chapman said.

Chapman said Noyes was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was evaluated and found not to be under the influence of alcohol. Chapman said there was no blood alcohol test involved.

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