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September 12, 2013

Andover police officer's court hearing continued

A hearing to determine whether Andover police officer Evan Robitaille should be charged in an alleged hit-and-run, drunken-driving accident in March has been continued to Nov. 22.

The clerk magistrate’s hearing, originally scheduled for last Friday morning, Sept. 6, in Lowell District Court, was postponed through a joint agreement by both parties, according to Middlesex District Attorney spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte.

The hearing will consider whether there is enough evidence to charge Robitaille with operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage and more.

The accident took place on March 11 at 9:30 a.m. Robitaille has been on paid administrative leave ever since.

Robitaille’s lawyer, Ted Cranney of Andover, said the March incident remains under investigation. He declined to comment further.

North of Boston Media Group, the parent company of The Townsman, has filed a motion through its attorney, Peter Caruso of Andover, to intervene in the court proceedings and open them to the public.

In his motion, Caruso wrote that hearings on applications for criminal complaints are typically closed, but if the application is “one of special public significance” and “the legitimate interest of the public outweighs the right of privacy of the accused, the hearing may be open to the public.” No action has been taken yet on the motion.

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