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Man arrested on fourth driving under the influence charge after crashing into State Police cruiser, authorities say

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Posted May 12, 2020 

Mass. State Police cruiser struck by drunken driver
Mass. State Police say a drunken driver struck a cruiser in Fitchburg on May 11, 2020.

A 48-year-old Fitchburg man was arrested on his fourth driving under the influence charge Monday night when authorities say he crashed into a Massachusetts State Police cruiser.

A trooper had stopped a vehicle on Summer Street in Fitchburg just before midnight. Craig Jatrinski drove his car into the back of the trooper’s cruiser, state police said.

The trooper was outside of the cruiser and was not hurt. Jatrinski was also not injured.

Authorities said Jatrinski had slurred speech and the trooper detected an odor of alcohol on him.

“Troopers administered field sobriety tests and a portable Breathalyzer test,” state police said.

He was arrested as a result of those tests.

Jatrinski had three prior driving under the influence charges on his record. His driver’s license had also been suspended because of those cases.

Jatrinski was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol – fourth offense, negligent driving, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.

Authorities said he refused to take a breath-alcohol test at the state police barracks. The refusal triggers an automatic suspension of license even though his license was already suspended.

The state police cruiser’s blue lights were on at the time of the crash. Jatrinski got out of his 2007 Honda Accord sedan after the crash, state police said.

Jatrinski will be arraigned in Fitchburg District Court.

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