Driver of tractor-trailer that hit state police lieutenant arrested

HOPKINTON, Mass. — The driver of a tractor-trailer that struck and injured a Massachusetts State Police lieutenant in Hopkinton on Wednesday has been arrested, state police said.

Perry Livingston, 40, of New Haven, Conn., was driving the tractor-trailer that struck the lieutenant on I-495 north as he was responding to another scene.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Livingston and arrested him Saturday at his home in New Haven.

Connecticut State Police found the tractor trailer that Livingston was driving in Milford, Conn. It was unoccupied. The tractor-trailer was seized pending a search warrant.

On Wednesday, state police said the unidentified lieutenant noticed a tractor-trailer traveling ahead of him on I-495 north in Hopkinton pull into the breakdown lane because of a smoking tire.

The lieutenant then pulled behind the vehicle and activated his lights to protect the truck and provide assistance to the driver.

As the lieutenant exited his cruiser, he saw a second tractor-trailer in the breakdown lane headed towards him at highway speed.

The tractor-trailer then attempted to swerve back into the travel lane. The truck’s cab was able able to do so and narrowly avoided hitting the lieutenant. However, the trailer it was pulling didn’t.

The lieutenant was standing up against his driver’s side door when the trailer made contact with him at full speed. He was spun around and was then pushed into the passenger side of the cruiser.

The force of the impact injured the lieutenant’s arms and hands.

Massachusetts and Connecticut state police worked together during the investigation that led to Livingston’s arrest.

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