Shrewsbury – A woman allegedly drinking and driving picked the wrong car to rear-end. Inside the unmarked cruiser, the head of the Massachusetts State Police.
Not only was Donna Sclamo allegedly driving drunk, but her license was suspended.
Millions of drivers get behind the wheel of cars and trucks on the Massachusetts roads every single day.
What are the chances then, that one woman, suspected of driving while drunk, would rear end the leader of an anti-drunk driving crusade, the commander of the Massachusetts State Police herself, Colonel Marian McGovern.
It happened Monday just before noon, Col. McGovern was stopped at a red light on Rt. 20 at Grafton Street in Shrewsbury, when she was hit from behind.
Uninjured, she got out of her unmarked Ford Explorer, to check on the other driver who she then determined was under the influence.
Turns out this is 51 year old Donna Sclamo, of Worcester’s fifth OUI offense.
We went to Sclamo’s house in Worcester to try to speak with her, but didn’t make it to the door as we were met by one of her sons who told us to leave.
You may think this is a case of a driver crashing into the wrong person.
But that’s not how McGovern sees it.
Here’s a statement released by the Massachusetts State Police on her behalf.
“The Colonel is glad that if Ms. Sclamo was going to hit anyone, that she hit Cruiser 1, so that no private citizens were hurt and so the Massachusetts State Police could get a drunk driver off the road before she killed herself or someone else.”
And in this story, brimming with irony, it was just a few months ago that Col. McGovern stood in front of a mangled cruiser at state police headquarters in Framingham, after a series of OUI crashes in which state troopers were hit, one crash fatal.
She talked about the need for drivers to use caution in work zones, when state troopers are around.
Donna Sclamo posted a thousand dollars cash.
She is expected to be arraigned at Westborough District Court tomorrow.
The following statement was released on behalf of Colonel McGovern:
“Colonel McGovern is grateful that Ms. Sclamo was not seriously injured today. The Colonel is glad that if Ms. Sclamo was going to hit anyone, that she hit Cruiser 1, so that no private citizens were hurt and so the Massachusetts State Police could get a drunk driver off the road before she killed herself or someone else. The Colonel and the State Police hope Ms. Sclamo is able to get whatever help she needs, but also adamantly believe that she must be held accountable before the law and punished appropriately and strictly. The Colonel reminds all Massachusetts citizens of the grave threat posed by drinking and driving.”