BREAKING…. Lowell Officer Eric Wayne Charged With Vehicular Homicide, Drunk Driving in Early Morning Methuen Crash

Lowell Officer Kills Man in Drunk Driving Crash
Car of Lowell Officer Who Killed Man in Drunk Driving Crash in Methuen Early Saturday Morning  

August 23, 2014|8AM

METHUEN – A two car motor vehicle crash overnight on Riverside Drive in Methuen has left one man dead and a Lowell Police Officer charged with vehicular homicide and drunk driving.

Methuen Police responded to the area of Riverside Drive at Strathmore Road after receiving a report of a serious vehicle crash Saturday morning at approximately 12:30am.

Methuen Fire Department and Lawrence General Paramedics also responded to the Saturday morning crash.

A preliminary investigation by Methuen Police has revealed the following:

A 2013 Land Rover, Operated by 41 year old Eric Wayne, of Lowell, MA was travelling westbound on Riverside Drive. Simultaneously, a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer, Operated by a Briant Paula, Age 26 of 673 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA. was travelling eastbound on Riverside Drive.

A police report obtained by The Valley Patriot this morning states:

“It appears the Land Rover, crossed over the double yellow line and collided with the Mercury Mountaineer.”

The operator of the Mercury Mountaineer, Mr. Briant Paula, was trapped in the vehicle and required extrication by Methuen Firefighters utilizing the jaws of life. He was subsequently transported to Lawrence General Hospital suffering from massive trauma where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Eric Wayne, Photo: Lowell Sun
Officer Eric Wayne, Photo: Lowell Sun

Officer Wayne refused medical treatment.

As result of Methuen Police Officer’s observations and investigation, Wayne was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to The Methuen Police Station and charged with the following:

S90 C24 – Operating under the influence of Liquor
S90 C24g (a) – M/V Homicide
S90 C24(2)a – Negligently
S89 C4a – Marked Lanes Violation
S90 24i – Open Container Alcohol

Officer Wayne is being held on $100,000 cash bail pending arraignment at Lawrence District Court on Monday.

Valley Patriot sources say this is Wayne’s second drunk driving arrest, the first stemming from an incident on July 4, 2013 in Lowell where he was found to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle upon his arrest.

There were no injuries or fatalities in the 2013 arrest. Wayne was placed on paid administrative leave at the time by the Lowell Police Department. Following an investigation Wayne was not found guilty on the charges and returned to duty.

Wayne is a popular officer in Lowell and appeared in the Micky Ward Movie “The Fighter”.

Car Driven by 41 Year Old Lawrence Resident Bryant Paula After the Jaws of Life Were Used to Get Paula Out. He Died Shortly After At LGH.



5 Responses to "BREAKING…. Lowell Officer Eric Wayne Charged With Vehicular Homicide, Drunk Driving in Early Morning Methuen Crash"

  1. Kaitlyncicale   August 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Posting negative comments won’t change an out come of any situation. My thoughts and prayers to everyone effected in this tragity.

  2. baezcodes   August 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    This Guy assaulted me over a decade ago, he was off duty at a bar, drunk and chose to slap me in the face. I did file a report with internal affairs…. never heard back from them.

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  4. Jack   June 2, 2016 at 3:57 AM

    This case is a prime example of what’s wrong w this state. The guy was a repeat offender and was on trial for another DUI when this tragedy happened. Had he been punished accordingly like anyone else maybe this crash wouldn’t have occurred & the victim would still be alive. But of course with all the cronyism & corruption in Mass. he was not punished because he’s a police officer. Then he does it again and kills people. The state’s slogan on drunk driving is zero tolerance….

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