The following is adapted from a press release from David Procopio, Spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police:
The Massachusetts State Police relieved Trooper Brian Simpkins of duty Friday morning following his arrest in the overnight hours by Stoughton Police for operating under the influence and violation of the open container law.
Simpkins, 39, of Canton, was ordered held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail at his arraignment Friday morning in Stoughton District Court.
Simpkins was found sleeping in his personal car, which was running, in the parking lot of the Wendy's restaurant on Washington Street in Stoughton at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
Stoughton Police officers found an open container of alcohol in his car and determined that he was impaired. Stoughton officers arrested Simpkins for operating under the influence of liquor (second offense) and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Simpkins had a previous OUI charge prior to his employment with the State Police.
He was bailed from the Stoughton Police station and went to court with his lawyer for arraignment several hours later.
Simpkins is assigned to the State Police Barracks in Boston (Lower Basin). He joined the State Police in 2006. In relieving him of duty, a State Police commander took from his service weapon, cruiser, badge, and MSP identification. The department will hold a hearing at headquarters next week to determine a change in Simpkins' duty status.
The State Police Internal Affairs Section will monitor the criminal case against Simpkins and has opened its own internal investigation. The offenses as alleged are contrary to the values, ideals, and expectations of the Massachusetts State Police. If the allegations are proven, State Police will take appropriate internal disciplinary action in addition to whatever criminal punishment the defendant may face.