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State police sergeant accused of drunk driving before crash faces judge

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    MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) — A state police sergeant arrested in connection with a crash that happened in September had his case continued on Monday.

Sgt. John McDonald, 37, faced a judge in Middletown on Monday morning.

McDonald was charged with second-degree assault, drunk driving, reckless driving and failure to obey a stop sign.

The crash happened on Sept. 25 in Oxford, state police said.

Troopers said McDonald was driving his assigned state vehicle when he ran a stop sign and hit a vehicle.

A woman and her daughter were in the other vehicle and were hurt.

McDonald was also hurt. Due to the extent of his injuries, officials said he was never given a sobriety test.

He was instead taken to the hospital where he refused treatment, including a blood-alcohol test.

State police looked into the case and eventually suspended McDonald with pay on Nov. 14.

He was arrested on Nov. 19.

He’s due back in court in January.

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