An accident in a work zone sent a police officer to the hospital late Wednesday night.
It happened just before midnight on Route 1 northbound in Saugus, just over the Revere line — a Jeep rear-ended a police officer’s SUV and then rolled over.
The officer, Revere Police Capt. Terence Reardon, was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. His vehicle sustained heavy damage and was totaled.
The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Denny Miller of Newburyport, is facing his second drunk driving charge.
In court, police said Miller refused to take a breathalyzer and failed field sobriety checks. He reportedly told officers he had four beers at the Red Sox game and then fell asleep behind the wheel.
According to Mass. State Police, Miller ignored all warning signs, arrow boards, and police lights to move over to an open lane before the crash.
“Impaired drivers are a menace on our roads regardless of whether there is a work zone in place or not,” MassDOT said in a statement. ” We ask the public to not drink and drive.”