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Drunk Driver Accused of Hitting Southwick Officer Faces Judge

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — A Southwick Police officer had to be pulled from his cruiser after being hit by a drunk driver early Monday morning.

Southwick Police Lt. David Ricardi say Officer Michael Westcott was traveling East on Depot Street around 12:30 AM when a Ford Pick-Up truck, being operated by Michael Geschwind of Granville, slammed into the side of his cruiser.

Westcott had to be pulled from his cruiser and rushed to Baystate Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Police believe Geschwind was speeding when he blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Sheep Pasture Road and Depot Street. He was charged with drunk driving, speeding, failing to stop for a stop sign, and negligent operation of his vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation.

Geschwind has a history of reckless driving with a DUI charge as a minor and other traffic incidents.

In his arraignment Monday afternoon, Geschwind was released without bail but put on probation from operating a vehicle.  He is also subject to random alcohol testing until his next court date on April 13.

 

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  • http://@g smitty

    THEY SHOULD CHARGE HIM WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER Stop letting drunk driving going so light

  • The Truth

    Damn,these drunks keep on driving.you would think they would learn after first arrest.people make mistakes but after one they need to lose license for life.but then again some drive with no license.this state needs mandatory jail time especially after 2-3-4-5 times come on enough is enough.

  • tellme

    Tell me, Is there any rational reason to keep bars open until 2 AM in the morning, When all your going to get is tired drunks driving home? This law should be changed.