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Investigation launched into Southbury crash involving off duty State Police Sgt

A lawsuit is being planned by the family of a mother and daughter injured in a Southbury crash, by an off duty State Police Sergeant who allegedly ran a stop sign.  A field sobriety test was not administered to John McDonald of the Western District Major Crime Squad because he refused medical treatment at the hospital. 

Witnesses said there was a state police retirement party at the Black Hog brewery in Oxford.  State Police are working to determine if he was under the influence.  Investigators have issued warrants for the hospital’s surveillance footage, and are looking at body cam video as well as footage from the ambulance and brewery. 

The crash happened September 25th on Route 188 near Waterbury-Oxford Airport, pushing a car into a wooded area off the roadway.  A woman, her teen daughter were seriously injured. 

So far, no charges have been filed, and the sergeant remains on duty.


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