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Trooper charged with drunken driving after crash resigns

November 5, 2021 GMT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state police sergeant has resigned two years after he was charged with drunken driving after a car crash that injured a woman and her 19-year-old daughter.

State police said Sgt. John McDonald resigned Thursday and faces decertification proceedings before the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council.

Authorities said McDonald consumed at least eight alcoholic drinks during a retirement party in Oxford for a colleague before the crash in Southbury on Sept. 25, 2019. He was driving more than 70 mph, ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle, injuring Lisa Conroy and her daughter Madison Conroy, who was then 19, officials said.

McDonald later pleaded no contest to two counts of reckless endangerment and a judge approved his application for the state’s alcohol education program. He avoided any jail time and the charges will be erased if he completes the program.

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The Conroys have a pending lawsuit against McDonald and the state over the crash. They previously settled lawsuit claims against the bar where the retirement party was held for $225,000.

McDonald could not be reached for comment Friday. Messages were sent to email addresses listed in his name. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a text message.