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Trooper suspended after alleged drunken driving incident

State Police have suspended a trooper without pay after he was charged with drunk driving in North Andover, resulting in a crash that severely injured his passenger, officials said.

The decision to suspend Trooper Dale Jenkins was made at a duty status hearing Monday, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

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Jenkins, who joined the State Police in 2000, crashed his car while driving on Route 114 in North Andover shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. His passenger, an adult male, was taken to a Boston hospital with serious injuries and has not yet been released. Jenkins was treated at Lowell General Hospital and was released into police custody.

Jenkins pleaded not guilty today to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. Both the car and the gun were legally owned by Jenkins, officials said.

The crash is under investigation by North Andover police.

“The department will monitor the criminal proceedings against him and re-assess his duty status when appropriate to do so,” Procopio said in a statement, and added that “State Police condemn all instances of impaired operation.”

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