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Drunk driver kills teen in Brockton, police say

A teenager was struck and killed by a drunk driver in Brockton early Friday, the second pedestrian death in the city this week, police officials said.

Trequel Bradsher, 19, of Brockton was struck at 915 West Chestnut St. about 2:30 a.m., said Brockton Police Sergeant George Khoury. Bradsher was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver, Brian Perkins, 22, had a blood-alcohol level of .10 — the legal limit in Massachusetts is .08.

As he was placed under arrest, according to the police report, Perkins told the officer, “I knew this was going to happen anyway.”

Perkins was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and motor vehicle homicide, Khoury said. He failed several routine tests the police asked him to perform, including walking a straight line heel-to-toe and reciting the alphabet. He was unsteady on his feet and slurred his speech, according to the police report.

In Brockton District Court on Friday, Perkins was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. Should he post bail, he must abstain from alcohol, submit to random alcohol testing, and must not drive because his license has been suspended.


At the arraignment, Perkins’s lawyer, Jennifer Gonzalez, said Perkins called police after the accident. She declined to comment further when contacted by the Globe. Perkins is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing Jan. 5.

Later Friday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at 621 North Montello St., Brockton Police Lieutenant David Dickinson said. The victim, who was struck about 5:50 p.m., was taken to an area hospital, Dickinson said. He said he did not know the extent of the injuries.

A 61-year-old Brockton man was killed Monday when he was struck by a car on North Pearl Street, police said.

The accidents come less than a month after Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter announced a pedestrian safety plan with input from agencies including Brockton police, State Police, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The plan was drafted in reaction to a spate of pedestrian fatalities in the city this year.


Globe correspondent Rachel Riley contributed to this report. Kiera Blessing can be reached at