Following a duty status hearing this morning at the Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters in Framingham, trooper John Basler has been suspended without pay indefinitely.
The department’s Internal Affairs Section will now open an investigation into Basler’s conduct to determine if he violated departmental rules and policies.
The hearing was held after the Plymouth Police Department notified the State Police late last week that they plan to charge Basler with operating under the influence and related charges in connection with a motor vehicle crash in that town. Both occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash were killed in that accident. Crash reconstruction by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is ongoing.
When it is completed, the findings will be presented to the Plymouth Police Department and the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if additional criminal charges are warranted.
Basler, who was injured in the crash, did not attend this morning’s hearing, but he was represented by a lawyer.