Impaired driver who struck two Deerfield police officers identified

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DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Agawam has been identified as the impaired driver who hit and seriously injured two Deerfield Police Officers near Childs Cross Road early Saturday morning.

State Police arrested 27-year-old Timothy Avery of Agawam.

While police searched Avery’s car, troopers allegedly found pills inside of a canister that he did not have a prescription for.

Avery was arrested and taken to Franklin County House of Corrections until he is arraigned in Greenfield District Court Monday.

Officers Timothy Boland and Nick Limoges were released from the hospital on Saturday. Police said both officers will be out of work for an extended period of time and they have a “long road to recovery.”

The Deerfield officers were in the middle of arresting a woman who was driving under the influence when they were hit by another impaired driver around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

The woman is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in the car. She will be arraigned Sunday in Greenfield District Court.

One man who lives in Deerfield told 22news, he feels terrible for the officers. “I don’t know how people could drive around like that at 2:00 in the morning. I don’t know how you don’t see the cruisers. It’s awful,” Rick Melnik said.

Timothy Avery is charged with:

  • Operating under the influence of drugs
  • Causing serious bodily injury
  • Operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger
  • Failure to move over for an emergency vehicle

Police said Avery was asked to perform several sobriety tests at the crash. He was also examined by a certified Drug Recognition Expert at the police station.

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