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State trooper driving incident analyzed

Officer placed on restricted duty

State Police are investigating a trooper who allegedly drove the wrong way on Memorial Drive in Cambridge on April 3 and the handling of the incident by state troopers who had responded.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said in a statement that Trooper Adam Paicos was placed on restricted duty last week because of the internal inves­tigation. Paicos could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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State Police are investigating the April 3 allegation, along with three other incidents that ­occurred within the past several weeks involving Paicos, Procopio said. He did not provide details of those other matters.

The department is also checking into reports that two on-duty troopers did not fully investigate Paicos when he was allegedly driving the wrong way.

The incident involving Paicos was first reported by WBZ-TV on Monday. The station reported that the two troopers spotted Paicos driving the wrong way on ­Memorial Drive. When the troopers began to pursue him, ­Paicos pulled over in a parking lot, identified himself as a trooper, and was allowed to leave, WBZ reported.

The station said Paicos is the son of Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos, who also could not be reached for comment.

In addition, Procopio said that State Police investigated Paicos ­before he was hired when he was identified as someone who knew a woman who saud sge was raped.

“State Police investigated this accusation during a detailed background check prior to hiring Trooper Paicos,” Procopio said. “That background check determined that a teenage girl reported to Abington police that she had been raped by an unknown assailant. A day later, the girl admitted that she was not raped. Trooper Paicos, who knew the girl, was never accused of rape, and the ­local police department’s investigation determined that no rape, ­either by force or statutorily, ­occurred.”

No one with the Abington ­police could comment Tuesday.

Paicos is assigned to desk duty, Procopio said, and his service weapon and cruiser were taken from him.

“The results of the ongoing inves­tigation will determine whether Trooper Paicos faces disciplinary action,” Procopio said.

State Police did not release any further information.

Globe correspondent Zachary T. Sampson contributed to this ­report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.
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