Police: Two Deerfield officers hit by impaired driver during Route 5 and 10 stop

  • A Deerfield Police cruiser idles on Stillwater Bridge, which was reopened Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, after receiving emergency repairs. Image contributed by the Deerfield Police Department. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 8/17/2019 3:55:53 PM

DEERFIELD — Two Deerfield police officers were seriously injured during a traffic stop early Saturday morning after being hit by a person allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

At about 2 a.m., Officers Timothy Boland and Nick Limoges had just placed a person under arrest on suspicion of driving drunk with a child in the car when another car struck them on Route 5 and 10 near Childs Cross Road, according to a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page. A marked police cruiser with its lights flashing was also struck.

The officers were able to call for help and state police along with Whately police responded to the scene. South County EMS transported both officers to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

State police arrested the driver, Timothy Avery, 27, of Agawam. Avery was determined to be under the influence of drugs, based on a field sobriety test and a later examination by a drug recognition expert, State Police said.

Responding officers allegedly found a pill canister with one whole pill, two partial pills and no prescription in Avery’s car, State Police said. The pills were submitted for analysis.

Avery was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and causing bodily injury, operating negligently to endanger and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, according to State Police.

Avery was booked at the state police barracks in Shelburne, with bail set at $10,000 cash. He is expected to be arraigned in Greenfield District Court this week.

In a separate Facebook post signed by Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper, she expressed support for the hurt officers and Deerfield Police.

Kasper used the incident to remind the public that officers across Massachusetts are actively enforcing impaired driving laws in an effort to keep everyone safe.

“We’re doing what we can, but we need drivers to take this issue seriously and to understand the potential outcomes of their poor decisions,” Kasper wrote.

Information from the Greenfield Recorder was used in this report.

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