(AP) – A Massachusetts state trooper has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving and other charges connected to a fatal car crash.
John Basler of Kingston was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Thursday in Plymouth District Court.
Plymouth police say the 25-year-old Basler had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit to drive when he was involved in the crash in the early morning hours of Sept. 22.
The other driver, 64-your-year-old Susan Macchi, and her daughter, 23-year-old Juliet Macchi, died returning home from a Red Sox game.
The 25-year-old Basler was off duty and was coming from a party. The incident report says it was at a house-warming party at the home of a Carver Police dispatcher, cranberry road.
The incident report also said a number of guests reportedly work for various police departments. Witnesses could not agree on how many “Bud Lite” beers Basler drank, but that he did participate in a drinking game.
He was also injured and used a cane in court today.
His lawyer said his client’s thoughts were with the Macchi family.
Basler has been placed on unpaid leave and is due back in court on November 26th.
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