Man accused of hitting State Trooper after Pats game

Photo courtesy: WCVB TV
Photo courtesy: WCVB TV

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WPRI) — An Everett man accused of hitting a Massachusetts State Police trooper along Route 1 appeared in court on Monday, one day after the accident.

Jose Perez-Rodriguez, 25, pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from a motorcycle collision with the Trooper, who was performing traffic control duties after Sunday’s Patriots game around 4:30 p.m.

Police say the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle at the entrance to the Parking Lot 8 of Gillette Stadium.

According to police, Perez-Rodriguez was driving erratically and on the wrong side of the road in order to flee right before he hit the trooper.

A police report states that officers smelled and found a small amount of marijuana in Perez-Rodriguez’s possession, and a friend of his said he had been drinking before the crash.

The trooper, a captain whose name has not been released, was held overnight at Boston Medical Center where he was treated for facial and head lacerations. Police said he is expected to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, Perez-Rodriguez was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess and then released to police Sunday night.

Prosecutors revealed in court that the Everett man was changed in a similar accident this summer during which he appeared to flee police on his motorcycle and crash into a utility pole.

A Wrentham District Court judge has revoked Perez-Rodriguez’s bail, so he will be held until he is set to appear back in court later this month.

In the meantime, police are investigating the crash and whether Perez-Rodriguez was under the influence.