MA Top Cop Hit By 5-Time Offending Drunk Driver
The Boston Herald via YellowBrix
October 12, 2010
BOSTON – A repeat drunken driver is accused of going straight to the top this time – she allegedly slammed into State Police Col. Marian McGovern’s unmarked cruiser.
McGovern, who has made a crackdown against drunken driving one of her signature initiatives, was stopped yesterday morning at a red light in Shrewsbury when the Ford sedan rear-ended her black, unmarked Ford Explorer.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said McGovern saw the car coming in her rear view mirror but “did not have the time or the space to make an evasive maneuver.”
McGovern called another officer to make the arrest – a fifth-offense drunken driving charge for Donna Sclamo, 51, of Worcester.
“The Colonel is glad that if Ms. Sclamo was going to hit anyone, that she hit Cruiser 1, so that no private citizens were hurt and so the Massachusetts State Police could get a drunk driver off the road before she killed herself or someone else,” stated a state police statement. No one was seriously injured in yesterday’s crash.
Sclamo was also charged with driving after suspension. She was released on $1,000 cash bail.
In July, McGovern boosted patrols and checkpoints after five troopers were hit by drunken drivers. Sgt. Douglas Weddleton, was killed.