Six Charges Filed after Series of Car Crashes

A Springfield police officer who was involved in a series of car crashes on a single day now faces six criminal charges, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

On Sept. 23, Joseph N. Motte, 54, was getting onto Interstate 44 near Waynesville when his car crashed into a tractor trailer. Despite the collision, Motte was able to continue driving his car for seven more miles. That’s when his car ran off the road and struck a cable barrier.

Investigators at the scene found a whiskey flask, two open beer cans and two loaded handguns in Motte’s car. Motte failed a sobriety test, and, prosecutors allege, he reeked of alcohol.

On Oct. 22, Motte was charged with three Class D felonies including leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and two counts of careless and imprudent driving.

Motte now faces the possibility of prison time as well as an internal investigation. Motte has been placed on administrative leave and if it is determined that he violated the police department’s internal policies, he could be fired.

Fortunately, he only suffered minor injuries. Not everyone is so lucky. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are injured and tens of thousands killed in alcohol-related accidents nationwide. In fact, about 40 percent of all driving-related deaths are caused by drunk driving.

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