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State Police Trooper Relieved of Duty Following OUI Arrest in Stoughton

Stoughton Police arrested Brian Simpkins, a 39-year-old Massachusetts State Police trooper, in the parking lot of the Stoughton Wendy's for operating under the influence (2nd offense) in the early morning hours of September 21.

The following is adapted from a press release from David Procopio, Spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police:

The Massachusetts State Police relieved Trooper Brian Simpkins of duty Friday morning following his arrest in the overnight hours by Stoughton Police for operating under the influence and violation of the open container law.

Simpkins, 39, of Canton, was ordered held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail at his arraignment Friday morning in Stoughton District Court.

Simpkins was found sleeping in his personal car, which was running, in the parking lot of the Wendy's restaurant on Washington Street in Stoughton at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

Stoughton Police officers found an open container of alcohol in his car and determined that he was impaired. Stoughton officers arrested Simpkins for operating under the influence of liquor (second offense) and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Simpkins had a previous OUI charge prior to his employment with the State Police.

He was bailed from the Stoughton Police station and went to court with his lawyer for arraignment several hours later.

Simpkins is assigned to the State Police Barracks in Boston (Lower Basin). He joined the State Police in 2006. In relieving him of duty, a State Police commander took from his service weapon, cruiser, badge, and MSP identification. The department will hold a hearing at headquarters next week to determine a change in Simpkins' duty status.

The State Police Internal Affairs Section will monitor the criminal case against Simpkins and has opened its own internal investigation. The offenses as alleged are contrary to the values, ideals, and expectations of the Massachusetts State Police. If the allegations are proven, State Police will take appropriate internal disciplinary action in addition to whatever criminal punishment the defendant may face.

IPhone 5 September 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Wow, the Trooper is not even operating the vehicle on a public way and some Stoughton officer locks the man up and destroys his entire career. How about the offficer places him in protective custody and tows his car. Terrible judgment by the (1) officer who made this arrest. He really saved the world locking a Trooper up. Hopefully the Ma state police understand this was (1) officer in a thousand that would use such poor judgement. Hope he beats the case and can continue to protect the Comm. of MA.
Mac September 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Stop licking the troopers boots you must of been the guy who failed out of an academy. It doesn't state that the trooper was probably an A$$hole does it. TOS
LM611 September 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Mac even the Stoughton PD thinks the Sgt. who made the arrest is a boob. Fact.

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