State trooper indicted in double fatal crash

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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a state trooper on drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with an off-duty crash that took the lives of a mother and daughter from Carver.

The indictment Wednesday charges 25-year-old John Basler with eight offenses in connection with the September crash that took the lives of 64-year-old Susan Macchi and 23-year-old Juliet Macchi.

Authorities say the Macchis were returning home after attending a Red Sox game, while Basler was returning home after attending a party in Wareham.

Prosecutors say Basler's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit to drive.

Basler is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in district court. He has been suspended without pay.

His lawyer had no comment.

No Superior Court arraignment date has been announced.


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