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Mass. state trooper suspended over drunk driving

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police say a state trooper who was allegedly driving drunk and carrying a handgun when he crashed his car in North Andover has been relieved of duty and his license to carry a firearm has been suspended.

Spokesman David Procopio says state police relieved Trooper Dale Jenkins of duty on Saturday morning, hours after the crash that left his passenger with severe injuries.

North Andover police have charged the trooper with operating under the influence of alcohol and carrying a firearm.

State police say Jenkins was off-duty at the time of the crash, was driving his own car and carrying a personal handgun.

The agency will conduct an administrative hearing to determine Jenkins' status with the force during his upcoming criminal trial.

Jenkins was injured in the crash is expected to be arraigned next week.
   AP-WF-05-03-14 1808GMT
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