LAWRENCE — A Lowell police officer accused of driving drunk and killing a man in a head-on collision Saturday morning called for a ride from the crash scene, saying he had been in a serious accident and needed to “effin’ get out of here,” prosecutors said Monday.
In slow, slurred words, Eric Wayne, a longtime Lowell police officer, kept repeating that he was “a good person,” according to court records.
Authorities allege that Wayne, 41, was drunk when his car crossed the double lines into oncoming traffic around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in Methuen, killing Briant Paula, 26, of Lawrence, and injuring Paula’s sister.
It is Wayne’s second time to face drunken driving allegations. The officer was charged with drunken driving in July 2013 in Lowell, and his license was suspended for six months, according to court records.
Lowell police officials could not be reached Monday, but according to the Lowell Sun, Wayne was placed on administrative leave in July 2013, then reinstated in June. That drunken driving case remains open.
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