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May 7, 2014

Prosecutor: Trooper uncooperative in ER after arrest

Judge keeps bail at $20K; no house arrest

LAWRENCE Massachusetts State Trooper Dale Jenkins III refused to provide an emergency room doctor with blood and urine samples following a weekend car crash in which he is accused of driving drunk, prosecutors said yesterday.

Jenkins, 35, was arraigned in Lawrence District Court where Judge Lynn Rooney allowed him to remain free on $20,000 bail.

State police also announced yesterday that Jenkins, 35, will be "suspended without pay indefinitely."

The 12:20 a.m. crash on Saturday near 585 Sharpner's Pond Road left Gerard Letendre, 53, of North Reading, who is described as a lifelong friend of Jenkins, in critical condition, authorities said.

As conditions of bail, Judge Rooney ordered Jenkins, of North Andover, not to drink alcohol, to submit to random alcohol screenings and not to drive without a valid license.

Jenkins, a 14-year state police veteran, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury and carrying a firearm, a .357 Smith & Wesson Air Lite, while intoxicated. Jenkins refused to the Breathalyzer after the accident, according to a police report.

The accident occurred just off Route 114 near the Middleton line with Jenkins at the wheel of a white 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. The owner of the Corvette is listed as Marianne Jenkins, 61, of North Andover.

After the crash, Jenkins was treated and released at Lawrence General Hospital, while Letendre was Medflighted to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Jenkins comes from a long line of lawmen.

His father, the late Dale C. Jenkins Jr., worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement and once served as Undersecretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as a Middlesex County Sheriff and with the Middleton Police Department.

Jenkins grandfather, the late Dale C. Jenkins Sr., was a Middlesex County Deputy sheriff and a former partner in Alliance Detective & Security Services.

Jenkins was most recently assigned to a state police gang unit. Jenkins was immediately relieved of duty after the crash. After a duty status hearing Monday, Jenkins was suspended without pay indefinitely.

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