At about 2:36 AM on Wednesday February 11, 2015, a Boston police officer from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a backhoe conducting snow removal operations at Spring and Baker Streets. According to the backhoe operator, a Nissan pick-up truck collided with his vehicle causing severe damage to the Nissan. After the crash the operator of the Nissan abandoned his damaged vehicle in the roadway and left the scene without making himself known to the backhoe operator. The initial investigation indicated that the operator of the Nissan may have been an off-duty Boston police lieutenant. Supervisors were notified and responded to the scene.
Upon further investigation the owner of the Nissan, Boston Police Lieutenant John Earley assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester), was placed on Administrative Leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Earley is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Property Damage. The operator of the backhoe was not injured and the Nissan was impounded by the Boston Police Department.
The Boston Police Department Anti-Corruption Division and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Anti-Corruption Division at 617-343-4366. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.