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Braintree teen accused of crashing into cruiser

A Braintree teenager has pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to operating under the influence of drugs after he allegedly crashed his car into a police cruiser while trying to record video of an accident scene on his cellphone, police said.

William Sawyer Jr., 18, was also charged with impeded operation, operating to endanger, and obstructing an emergency vehicle, said a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney.

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Officers were investigating an accident at a 7-Eleven store on Washington Street in Braintree at about 11 p.m. Sunday. A Weymouth woman had driven into the storefront, police said.

Sawyer allegedly drove by, shooting the accident scene on his cellphone, and crashed into a cruiser with an officer inside. Sawyer and the officer suffered minor injuries, police said.

When officers approached Sawyer’s vehicle, they allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Believing he was intoxicated, they took him into custody.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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