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Boston Officer Arraigned in Accident that Injured Young Woman

Richard Jeanetti, 35, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court and released on personal recognizance over charges stemming from a crash that occurred on the evening of May 24. Jeanetti is a Boston police officer but was off duty at the time of the accident. He is facing several charges, including operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, after he crashed his motor vehicle into a young woman’s car in Hyde Park about two months ago.

According to a police report filed in the case, Jeanetti’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit following the accident. The victim, Brianna O’Neill, was seriously injured in the crash and appeared in court today wearing a neck brace and using a crutch. She said that she did not see Jeanetti that night but was “dazed and confused” in the aftermath.

An examination of Jeanetti’s car’s “black box,” which was detailed in a report of the investigation, also indicated that he had accelerated his vehicle for six seconds without applying the brakes once before hitting the hitting the victim’s car. He was traveling at about 68 miles per hour upon impact. Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum stated that witnesses told police that Jeanetti appeared drunk, and reportedly his blood alcohol level was 0.27 when he was taken to the hospital after the crash.

Boston officer’s blood alcohol level was allegedly three times the legal limit after May crash that injured woman, The Boston Globe, July 20, 2012