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Boston Police Officer Accused of OUI in New Year's Day Crash

A Boston police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following a New Year’s Day crash with another vehicle that injured himself and two others while he was off duty.

Boston police say Domenic Columbo will appear in court for a hearing on Feb. 1 on a charge of operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury. 

Columbo, a six-year member of the Boston Police Department, crashed into a vehicle in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in Dorchester, police say. 

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The passenger of the other vehicle was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive. 

Columbo sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. 

On Jan. 5, he was placed on administrative leave with pay pursuant amid the investigation. Boston police announced charges Monday following consultation with the Suffolk County district attorney's office. 

"My officers are expected to abide by the same laws they are sworn to uphold," said Police Commissioner William Evans in a statement. "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." 

It’s not clear if Columbo has an attorney.

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