Police: Off-Duty Trooper Caught With Prostitute Tried To Run Down Lynn Cop

LYNN (CBS) – A Massachusetts State Trooper was arrested Friday after authorities say he was caught with a prostitute and then tried to run down a police officer while trying to escape.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Trooper Efrain Montanez, 50, of Salem, was off-duty at the time of the incident in a department-issued unmarked pickup truck. He has been suspended without pay indefinitely.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

Lynn police say they began following Montanez after they saw him pick up a prostitute in his truck early Friday morning in a parking lot between Union and Blake Streets, near Central Square.

When the pickup stopped on Suffolk Street, officers approached it and found Montanez and 23-year-old Katelyn Pumphret engaged in a sex act inside, investigators said.

katelyn pumphret Police: Off Duty Trooper Caught With Prostitute Tried To Run Down Lynn Cop

Katelyn Pumphret (Photo courtesy: Lynn Police)

“After an officer displayed his badge, Montanez put the truck in reverse and then accelerated forward to get away. As he did so, one of the Lynn officers had to put his hands on the truck and push himself away to avoid getting hit,” State Police said in a statement.

Lynn police went after the pickup and moments later, at the intersection of Washington and Broad Streets, Pumphret got out.

Officers say Montanez then ran a stop sign before he finally pulled over on Lynn Shore Drive and was arrested.

He’s charged with unnatural acts, assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, and a stop sign violation.

Pumphret is also charged with unnatural acts and being a common streetwalker.

Montanez, a 27-year veteran of the force, was stripped of his badge and gun and relieved of his duties by two State Police commanders at the Lynn Police Station.

He will be arraigned Friday in Lynn District Court.

State Police issued a scathing statement after the arrest was announced.

“The actions of Montanez as alleged in the Lynn Police report are an outrageous breach of duty and a violation of the public trust. Montanez’s behavior, as alleged, is an utter embarrassment to the Department and the overwhelming majority of troopers who wear the badge with integrity and honor. The Department has no tolerance for such conduct and will take appropriate action.”

“We are grateful that no Lynn Police officer suffered serious injury and we thank the Lynn officers for their restraint in last night’s incident.”

State Police Colonel Mary McGovern also released a statement:

“Plainly speaking, the allegations in each case are disturbing. These cases will be handled externally in the Judicial System and internally with the State Police,” Colonel McGovern said. “Please know that my support and admiration for the men and women of this job has never been stronger. I know that you are hard-working, dedicated individuals of integrity, committed to public safety, and as troubled as I am by the blemish on our reputation … As your colonel, I assure you we will address these issues and restore the public trust.”

Montanez was currently assigned to the gang unit.

Comments

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  1. JohnC says:

    I have long felt that the Massachusetts State Police are the best in the nation. All state troopers should be outraged at one of their own if trooper Montanez is found to be guilty as charged.

    1. LK says:

      No, they are not. I have been reporting their corruption now for close to 2 years and they are trying to cover it up. I know them as one is my ex husband. You would be shocked to learn what they are doing to the Ma citizens and as soon as I complete my Facebook on them with the evidence I have you will see their true colors. They are getting away with horrible things in this State because the corruption level goes high up in Mass so they are able to hide it. This is why I will be putting it all online.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-Police-Corruption-Information/309450952421952#!/pages/Massachusetts-Police-Corruption-Information/309450952421952?sk=info

  2. MJ says:

    Seems like there are a lot of dirty Massachusetts State troopers these days.
    Seeing how hard it is to get hired as a state trooper you would think they have the best of the best. Makes you wonder how much more corruption is going on in this organization. We probably only hear about the incidents that they can’t keep quiet.

  3. Bob S says:

    Seems like there are a lot of dirty Massachusetts State troopers these days.
    Seeing how hard it is to get hired as a state trooper you would think they have the best of the best. Makes you wonder how much more corruption is going on in this organization. We probably only hear about the incidents that they can’t keep quiet.

    1. KEGROCKS says:

      He drives a BMW what a surprise. Lynn cops arrested this state ccorrupt cop because he was shaking down the lynn corrupt cops hookers. they don’t share their rackets with outsiders.

  4. Mike says:

    Hey Bob, don’t be so quick to pass judgement on the entire State Police force. The negative actions of one member pales in comparison to the tradition of honor, service and integrity upheld by the majority.

  5. Lak says:

    No surprise again, look at the trooper/spa/prostitute cover up from a few weeks ago. It is not the entire State Police force but I know several of them who engage in this since I know many. You’d be surprised what goes on which is tied into the DOC, Trial Courts, and Probation Dept….. a lot more too…

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-Police-Corruption-Information/309450952421952#!/pages/Massachusetts-Police-Corruption-Information/309450952421952?sk=info

  6. Rick says:

    Looks like a former Met or Registry Cop should not have State Police badge any how!

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