Man pleads not guilty in crash injuring trooper

Wayne Leduc of Milton Wayne Leduc of Milton
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / March 15, 2011

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A Milton man pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of drunken driving and operating to endanger stemming from a crash on Interstate 93 in Quincy Sunday morning that injured a state trooper.

Wayne Leduc, 40, appeared in Quincy District Court, where Judge Mark Coven set bail at $1,500 cash, according to a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. Leduc has no prior criminal history, officials said.

Trooper Brian Berry, 43, was hit shortly after 4:30 a.m. after he had pulled over a car on I-93 northbound near Exit 9 in Quincy, State Police said.

Berry, 43, was standing in front of his cruiser when Leduc’s 2009 Kia Rio crashed into the rear of the cruiser, propelling it into Berry, according to State Police.

Berry, who used his radio to call for help, suffered leg injuries and was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment. He has been released from the hospital and will recover at home, State Police said yesterday.

Leduc was arrested at the scene by other troopers who responded to Berry’s request for help. In addition to a charge of operating under the influence of liquor, Leduc is charged with operating negligently to endanger, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.

The crash is the latest in a series that have injured state troopers on Massachusetts highways.

On Wednesday morning, Trooper Edward Treseler, a 54-year-old father of two, was seriously injured on Route 30 in Framingham when his cruiser was struck head-on by a car that crossed the median.

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