North Adams Police officer dozed off before crashing cruiser

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NORTH ADAMS — The North Adams Police officer who crashed into a post on Monday had fallen asleep behind the wheel, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Officer Joshua Tracy was headed southbound on Ashland Street when it drifted across the northbound lane and struck a thick mailbox post shortly before noon.

The investigation into the accident revealed Tracy had fallen asleep, and he was not using his cellphone or laptop at the time of the crash, according to North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.

Tracy was transported to the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to duty later this week.

Tracy was working a normal shift after having the weekend off, Cozzaglio said.

He was cited for failing to stay within marked lanes.

Cozzaglio declined to elaborate on any discipline Tracy may face internally.

"I can't comment on personnel matters," he said.

The cruiser, which appears to be a total loss, was insured and has been replaced by an alternate cruiser. The value of a cruiser is nearly $40,000, according to Cozzaglio.

"This appears to be an isolated incident," Cozzaglio said. "It's unusual and we hope it doesn't happen again."

The mailbox post that was partially dislodged in the accident also has been repaired, Cozzaglio said.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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