On Friday, January 5, 2018, Commissioner Evans placed Officer Domenic Columbo on administrative leave with pay pursuant to the ongoing investigation of a New Year’s Day motor vehicle crash. The officer, who was off-duty and in his personal vehicle at the time of the crash, is alleged to have been operating under the influence of alcohol when his personal vehicle crashed into a vehicle in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in Dorchester. The operator of the vehicle struck by the off-duty officer was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The passenger of that vehicle was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. The off-duty officer also sustained injuries and was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and later released.
Today, Monday, January 8, 2018, Boston Police Department investigators, after consultation with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, filed complaints in the Dorchester division of the Boston Municipal Court charging the off-duty officer with Operating Under the Influence causing Serious Bodily Injury. A hearing is scheduled for February 1st at 2:30 pm.
Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “My officers are expected to abide by the same laws they are sworn to uphold. No one is above the law, and those who break it will be held accountable. I am happy to hear that all those injured will recover, and I take this opportunity to remind everyone not to drink and drive.”
Officer Columbo is a 6-year member of the Boston Police Department and has not faced any prior discipline. This investigation remains active and ongoing.