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Off-duty trooper faces charges after North Andover crash

A 13-year veteran of the State Police is facing drunken driving charges after crashing his personal car on Route 114 in North Andover in an off-duty accident that caused serious injuries to his male passenger early Saturday morning, State Police said.

Trooper Dale Jenkins, 35, of North Andover, was “immediately being relieved of duty,” State Police said.

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He was charged with operating while under the influence causing serious bodily injury and carrying a firearm — a personal handgun, not his department-issued weapon — while intoxicated. Jenkins’s license to carry has also been suspended, State Police said.

The crash occurred just before 1:30 a.m. A 53-year-old passenger, whose name was withheld, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment. Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office, said the man remains at the hospital, but she did not know
his condition.

She said the man is not related to Jenkins.

Jenkins was treated for minor injuries at Lowell General Hospital, Kimball Monahan said. Jenkins was released on bail from the North Andover Police Department’s custody early Saturday morning, Sergeant Michael Davis said. Jenkins is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court.

A State Police administrative hearing is scheduled for next week to determine Jenkins’s duty status as criminal proceedings play out, State Police said. Jenkins joined the State Police in December 2000 and was assigned to its gang unit.

Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of the State Police, said his thoughts and concerns are with the injured man, adding that the department condemns “all instances of impaired operation.”

North Andover police, including the crash reconstruction team, are investigating.

Trooper Dale Jenkins, 35, of North Andover, was “immediately being relieved of duty,” the statement said. He was charged with operating while under the influence causing serious bodily injury and carrying a firearm — a personal handgun, not his department-issued weapon — while intoxicated.

According to the statement, Jenkins’ license to carry has also been suspended.

The crash occurred just before 1:30 a.m. A 53-year-old passenger, whose name was withheld, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment. Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office, said the man remains at the hospital, but she did not know his condition. She said the man is not related to Jenkins.

Jenkins was treated for minor injuries at Lowell General Hospital, Kimball Monahan said.

Jenkins was released on bail from the North Andover Police Department’s custody early Saturday morning, Sergeant Michael Davis said. Jenkins is scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Tuesday.

A State Police administrative hearing is scheduled for next week to determine Jenkins’ “duty status” as the criminal proceedings play out, the statement said.

Jenkins joined the State Police in December 2000 and was assigned to its gang unit.

North Andover police, including its crash reconstruction team, are investigating the crash.

Alyssa Creamer can be reached at alyssa.creamer@globe.com.
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