A Southborough police officer is home recovering from a crash. Officer Patrick Smith was rear ended by a driver at 1:56 am this morning, while stopped at a red light on Route 9 West at the intersection with Central Street. At the time of the crash, Officer Smith was on patrol duty.
It is the third time in just over eight months that a Southborough officer has been struck by an “under the influence” driver.
According to a press release, Officer Smith was transported to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham for “complaints of pain”. He was treated and released. Chief Kenneth Paulhus reports that Smith will be out on injured status until further notice.
The driver was booked and placed in lock up pending a bail hearing. The Southborough man will face charges of O.U.I Liquor and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Mass State Police assisted with the investigation at the crash scene. The Southborough Detective Division is continuing the investigation.
Last August and September, two other Southborough officers were rear ended by drunk drivers while stopped on Route 9.