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February 20, 2014

Former officer faces charges

Robitaille probe leads to police sanctions in Lowell

Ex-Andover police officer Evan Robitaille has pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges stemming from an alleged drunken driving accident last March.

Robitaille, 32, of Groveland, resigned from the Police Department in November as the investigation into the March 11, 2013 crash in Tewksbury moved forward.

Robitaille was in Lowell District Court last Friday, Feb. 14, to answer to charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and a state highway violation. He’s due back in court for a pre-trial conference on April 8.

According to court documents obtained by the Lowell Sun and reported this past weekend, Robitaille allegedly rear-ended a box-truck on Interstate 495 south in Tewksbury and then took off, exiting the highway in a Honda Pilot at Woburn Street, exit 37.

Robitaille, court documents say, was confronted by a witness in the Gulf/Dunkin’ Donuts complex in Lowell. People who allegedly witnessed Robitaille in the complex are reported to have told investigators that the former officer appeared intoxicated.

Lowell police took Robitaille to a McDonald’s restaurant on Route 38, and had his car towed to Elm Street Automotive in Andover, the documents say.

According to a probe by the Andover Police Department into the incident, Andover officer Daniel Devine allegedly told his superiors that he was on a break from a detail when he received a call from Robitaille asking to be picked up. Upon reaching Robitaille, Devine found Robitaille was incoherent, court documents state.

Devine drove Robitaille to Elm Street Automotive, the owner of which reportedly called Andover Police Lt. Edward Guy, who drove to the business and met with Robitaille.

Robitaille allegedly appeared disheveled, emitted a strong odor of alcohol and the smell of vomit, and his speech was slurred, according to court documents.

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