Shrewsbury police cruiser struck while stopped on Boston Turnpike

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Shrewsbury police cruiser struck while stopped on Boston Turnpike
A Shrewsbury Police Department cruiser was struck while conducting a traffic stop on Boston Turnpike. (Photo/Courtesy Shrewsbury Police Department)

SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury Police Department cruiser was struck while responding to a traffic stop.

According to a press release from the department, Officer Tim Charland stopped a vehicle at 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 12 for a traffic violation in the westbound lane near 767 Boston Turnpike. Charland’s cruiser had its lights activated and was located on the right hand side of the two-lane road.

According to the department, shortly after he re-entered his vehicle, it was struck by a 2017 Chevy Malibu. Police said the cruiser’s left side and left rear tire were damaged, and the vehicle was inoperable. 

Charland and the driver were transported to a hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. Both were later released.

A crash reconstruction team from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) responded and conducted a crash reconstruction. CEMLEC and Shrewsbury police are still investigating. Police said the identity of the driver and any pending charges will not be released at this time. 

Officers did arrest a passenger – Christian George, 24, of Worcester – after they discovered he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Milford District Court.

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