BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts State Trooper accused of OUI and driving to endanger in the crash that killed a mother and daughter in Plymouth has been suspended without pay.

A State Police duty status hearing was held Wednesday morning in the case of Trooper John Basler.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Basler, who was injured in the crash last month, did not attend this morning’s hearing but was represented by counsel.

An internal investigation is also ongoing, police said.

Plymouth police say Basler, 25, of Kingston was off-duty and was driving drunk when a car driven by Susan Macchi, 64, of Carver collided head-on with his vehicle.

Investigators have said it appeared Macchi’s car crossed the center line before the crash. However, they are looking into Basler’s role in the collision.

Macchi and her daughter, Juliet Macchi, 23, were both killed.

A source told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that Basler’s blood alcohol level was .26, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving.

In addition to the OUI and driving to endanger charges, he also faces a charge of carrying a firearm while under the influence of liquor, according to the Plymouth Police Department, which is investigating the crash with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the District Attorney’s office.

State Police say there will be another hearing should there be any new developments or charges in the case.


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