Massachusetts State Police arrested a man from Easthampton, MA last week. He was criminally charged him with drunk driving after he drove his car the wrong way on the Massachusetts Turnpike and into a police cruiser on July 31, 2013.
Jeffrey Zielenski was arraigned in Westfield District Court and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident including property damage, driving in the wrong direction, and operating to endanger.
Massachusetts State troopers received calls about a driver heading east in the westbound lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike at around 11 p.m. that evening. Two police cruisers were dispatched to intercept Zielenski, and prevent him from causing any more danger to other drivers on the road, as well as towards himself. He evaded the police by turning onto the shoulder. The troopers caught up with Zielenski near Exit 3. This is where trooper Joseph Tetrault says Zielenski rammed into the police car in a drunken car accident.
The trooper in the vehicle struck by Zielenski was taken to the Noble Hospital emergency room, though he did not sustain life-threatening personal injuries.
Drunk driving accidents like this one often yield much more serious injuries and even fatalities. Luckily, the officer involved in the head-on car crash was not critically injured.
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