State Police: Alleged drunk driver nearly hit state trooper in Dedham

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly came within 5 feet of striking a Massachusetts State Police trooper while driving drunk on Route 128 in Dedham, State Police said today.

Keith Thomas was arraigned in Dedham District Court today on charges of operating under the influence, second offense; possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle; and other driving offenses, said Norfolk district attorney’s spokesman David Traub.

A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of the Dedham man, who was released on his own recognizance, officials said.

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According to State Police, Trooper Sean Barry was helping a disabled motorist on Route 128 Sunday evening when Thomas’s Isuzu sport utility vehicle sped past and nearly hit him.

While another trooper assisted the disabled motorist, Barry attempted to pull over Thomas, who drove onto two medians before stopping his car, police said.

Barry allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol when he spoke to Thomas, who was slurring his words. Barry arrested Thomas after he failed a field sobriety test, the statement said.

Thomas is due back in court July 12.