Fall River officer charged with DUI
SWANSEA, Mass. —
A long-time Fall River police officer is facing drunk driving charges in Swansea.
Lt. Eduardo Raposo was arrested following a crash Jan. 12.
According to the Swansea police report obtained by NBC 10, Raposo left the scene of a crash at the intersection of Route 6 and Gardner's Neck Road. The responding police officer claims Raposo drove over a snow bank and drove away from the officer when he first approached Raposo's car.
The Swansea officer writes that Raposo repeatedly asked to be given a break and be given a ride home because he is a fellow police officer.
Police say Raposo's speech was slurred and he had a hard time standing up when officers pulled him out of his car. Raposo is charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of property damage.
He was on medical leave from the Fall River Police Department at the time of the incident, and still is. Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine says the department will let the court case play out before deciding on any discipline.
"Certainly the arrest is not something we're proud of. We wished it did not happen. Obviously he's presumed innocent in a court of law," Racine said.