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State police sergeant charged in crash that injured 2 women

November 19, 2019
This image provided by Connecticut State Police shows Connecticut State Police Sgt. John McDonald. A Connecticut woman and her 19-year-old daughter sued McDonald alleging the off-duty state police sergeant was intoxicated when he drove his unmarked cruiser through a stop sign and smashed into their car during Sept. 2019. On Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, McDonald was charged with drunken driving, assault and other crimes in connection the crash. (Connecticut State Police photo via AP)
This image provided by Connecticut State Police shows Connecticut State Police Sgt. John McDonald. A Connecticut woman and her 19-year-old daughter sued McDonald alleging the off-duty state police sergeant was intoxicated when he drove his unmarked cruiser through a stop sign and smashed into their car during Sept. 2019. On Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, McDonald was charged with drunken driving, assault and other crimes in connection the crash. (Connecticut State Police photo via AP)

BETHANY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut State Police sergeant has been charged with drunken driving, assault and other crimes in connection with an off-duty car crash that injured two women.

State police say 37-year-old John McDonald was arrested Tuesday and released on a promise to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Dec. 2.

Authorities say McDonald consumed at least eight alcoholic drinks at an Oxford brew pub during a retirement party for a fellow trooper before the Sept. 25 accident in Southbury.

Troopers say McDonald later ran a stop sign and crashed into another car, injuring a 52-year-old Middlebury woman and her 19-year-old daughter.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for McDonald, who was placed on paid leave. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.