TAUNTON, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio)— A Taunton Police sergeant has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for a crash that injured a motorcyclist early Sunday morning, according to Chief Edward J. Walsh.
Shawn Smith, 49, was charged with an OUI causing serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to a Taunton Police press release. He was reportedly off-duty at the time of the crash and allegedly driving a personal vehicle.
The victim of the crash, a 52-year-old Rehoboth man, was taken to Brockton hospital before being transported to Tufts Medical Center. His injuries are serious but not believed to be life threatening.
The crash reportedly occurred accorded around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and is still under investigation by Massachusetts State Police.
Smith, a member of the police department since November 2000, was arrested at the scene and later placed on administrative leave. He had an arraignment Monday where he plead not guilty and posted his $2,000 bail.