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September 7, 2013

Hearing on officer facing charges continued

LOWELL — A hearing to determine whether Andover Police Officer Evan Robitaille should be charged in an alleged hit-and-run, drunk driving accident in March has been continued to Nov. 22.

The clerk magistrate’s hearing, scheduled for yesterday morning, was set to determine whether Robitaille would be charged for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage and more.

The accident took place on March 11 at 9:30 a.m., and Robitaille has been on paid administrative leave since then.

The hearing was rescheduled to Nov. 22 through a joint agreement from both parties to continue it to a later date, according to Middlesex District Attorney Spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte.

Ted Cranney, an Andover-based attorney representing Robitaille, said the March incident remains under investigation, and declined to comment further.

The North of Boston Media Group, the parent company of The Eagle-Tribune, has filed a motion through its attorney Peter Caruso to intervene in the court proceedings and open them to the public.

Typically, hearings on applications for criminal complaints are closed, but if the application is “one of special public significance” and “the legitimate interest of the public outweighs the right of privacy of the accused, the hearing may be open to the public,” Caruso wrote in the motion.

The Nov. 22 date was selected because it was the first available for the hearing to be continued to, Guyotte said.

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