On the day he reached the age of mandatory retirement, a veteran Boston firefighter was arraigned Friday on drunken driving and other charges for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash on Interstate 93 and calling state troopers “Nazis.”
Sean Ingram, 65 , of Quincy, was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence as a second offense, leaving the scene of a collision causing property damage, assault with a dangerous weapon (his car), and resisting arrest, according to a statement from the Suffolk district attorney’s office.
Ingram allegedly drove away from a collision on I-93 south Thursday around 10:25 p.m., was pulled over, and reversed his car, a black Hyundai Sonata, into a marked State Police cruiser, before failing field sobriety tests, according to the statement.
Bail was set at $500. He is due to return to court on June 8.
State Police pulled Ingram over I-93 after receiving a report of a hit-and-run crash and a description of his vehicle, according to police reports. Ingram told police he had attended the Boston Bruins game, and a trooper directed him to pull off the highway, onto Gallivan Boulevard, and to stop in front of a Walgreens. Ingram asked if that was necessary, stating that he was a Boston firefighter, according to police reports.
On Gallivan Boulevard, after the police cruiser had stopped behind Ingram’s Hyundai, the car went into reverse, accelerated, and struck the front of the cruiser, according to a police report.
Ingram, according to police reports, acted belligerently , swearing at troopers and calling them “Nazis” and “scumbags.”
When a trooper tried to handcuff Ingram, he thrashed about in an attempt to get away, according to police reports.
“It took several troopers to get Ingram into handcuffs,” read one report.
Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said in a statement his department “takes these allegations very seriously.”
“We will monitor this situation as it is adjudicated through the court system and take the appropriate action if and when it is necessary,” said Finn.
Ingram, according to Finn’s statement, had already filed for retirement “based on reaching the mandatory age for retirement”  on Friday, before his arrest.
Ingram made more than $116,000 as a firefighter in 2017, according to city records.Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.