Boston police officer indicted on drunken driving charges in crash that left other driver severely injured

A Boston police officer was indicted Friday on charges in a May accident where the off-duty officer crashed into another vehicle while allegedly driving drunk, leaving the other driver severely injured, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Richard Jeanetti, 36, of Hyde Park, was charged with operating under the influence causing serious injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, and speeding.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a mandatory two-year driver’s license revocation, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.


On May 24, a 21-year-old Hyde Park woman driving down Austin Street toward the West Street intersection in Hyde Park was allegedly struck by Jeanetti’s 2007 Toyota Tundra, Conley’s office said.

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The woman suffered a broken leg and fractured a vertebra, according to Conley’s office. She was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Jeanetti went to Boston Medical Center for head injuries.

Jeanetti also allegedly struck a second vehicle in the crash, but the operator of that vehicle and her passenger were not injured, prosecutors said.

Jeanetti’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was .27, more than three times the legal limit for operating a vehicle, according to Conley’s office.

Detectives also discovered that the “black box” from Jeanetti’s Tundra showed that he had been traveling 68 miles per hour moments before the crash, the office said. The posted speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour.


Jeanetti will appear in Suffolk Superior Court on Nov. 7.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero­