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State Trooper Drunk at Time of Fatal Crash

State Police radio 2PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts State Trooper is facing drunk-driving and negligent operation charges in connection with a crash that killed a mother and daughter in Plymouth last weekend.

Police say Trooper John Basler was issued citations Friday over the crash that killed 64-year-old Susan Macchi and 23-year-old Juliet Macchi on Sunday. Susan Macchi, of Carver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Juliet Macchi died at a hospital.

Basler, of Kingston, was off-duty at the time of the crash.

Police say Basler will also be charged with carrying a firearm while under the influence.

A message left for Basler’s attorney was not immediately returned Saturday night. A state police spokesman wasn’t immediately available.

Plymouth police Chief Michael Botieri says the crash is still under investigation and more charges may be filed.


  • vinnie

    another jock type ahole that probably got the job from someone he knew..we’re hiring the wrong breed of people..kills a mother and daughter..hang him by his testicles

  • WMassMom75

    Are you serious Vinnie? Good people make bad choices all the time, I’m guessing you’ve made plenty of them given your extreme animosity toward the police. Yes, he broke the law, and tragically ended up taking 2 lives. He should be punished for that. But your comments about hiring the wrong breed and being hung by his testacles are inappropriate and uncalled for. All law enforcement officers are human, and by nature all humans make mistakes. Except for you Vinnie, you must be as perfect as they come. And you’re not a police officer because…..?

  • jmlynick

    We need to remember that police officers are indeed human – and hold them to the same standards as the rest of us. Except in extreme cases such as this one, police are immune from speeding and other traffic tickets – they are given generous consideration by other officers and the courts. It’s only when the public are horrified that the wheels of justice treat police the same as the rest of us. Would treating officers the same as the rest of us make this incident less likely? I don’t know – but it would not make it more likely. My sympathy to the family.

  • 2nice4 u

    I understand we are a humans but if his job is to protect and keep drunk drivers off the roads wht makes him so freakin special to think he can do it if ur the law then follow it ur self cuz they r the ones that are quick to give out tickets but they dont freakin follow the law and im sure its not his first time driving under the influence but karma is a bi..tch and now he took two innocent ppl beacuse he is a jerk

    • vinnie

      being a state cop and driving drunk is one thing..being a state cop and driving drunk AND like a wreckless maniac is a whole new ball game..

  • doggone

    I guess, in a sense, you’re all correct. Just different perspectives!

  • darkwave2013

    He’s going to jail regardless.

  • whittle650

    westernmamom75…. snack on a turd. soldiers returning from massacring children and women abroad, who have ptsd, get first dibs on those jobs… always. It’s said that 1-7 troops coming home has ptsd. That should have you shitting in ur britches.