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State Police Captain Could Face OUI Charges After November Arrest

LYNN (CBS) - Massachusetts State Police Captain Thomas McCarthy expected plead guilty to some minor motor vehicle charges on Wednesday, but instead he may face more serious charges in the future.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports.


The 47-year-old McCarthy came to enter a guilty plea for a marked lanes violation and failure to stop in Lynn District Court on Wednesday. But, the judge refused to accept the plea after prosecutors said they wanted to pursue charges against McCarthy that could include OUI.

WBZ-TV's Alana Gomez reports.

In November, Saugus police responded to a house alarm at McCarthy's girlfriend's house. When officers arrived, McCarthy was there in an unmarked cruiser and left the home.

According to court documents, McCarthy was spotted committing a marked lanes violation a short time later. An officer pulled McCarthy over and allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath.

Instead of getting out of the car, McCarthy allegedly sped away.

Several Saugus police officers chased him down Route 1 and eventually stopped McCarthy a second time in the Square One Mall parking lot.

McCarthy has been suspended without pay.

His next court date is Jan. 19.

McCarthy was originally supposed to face a judge last month, but he never showed up in court. His attorney said McCarthy was at a treatment center in Florida.

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