Mass. State Trooper Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver

A Massachusetts State Trooper pulled over a driver he suspected of DUI early Friday, and was struck and killed by yet another motorist believed to be under the influence. ABC6 Reporter Parker Gavigan has more…


MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says a veteran trooper working an overnight construction detail has died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver.

Superintendent Marian McGovern says Sgt. Doug Weddleton was out of his cruiser on Interstate 95 north in Mansfield after pulling over a car that tried to enter a closed ramp at about 1:30 a.m.
Friday when a second vehicle struck him.

He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro where he was pronounced dead.

Weddleton is a 28-year veteran who leaves behind a wife and four sons.

The driver of the first vehicle, 43-year-old Kenneth Weiand of Walpole, faces drunken driving charges. The driver of the second vehicle, 45-year-old Anthony Perry of Boston, is charged with motor vehicle homicide, drunken driving and speeding.
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