Fall River Police Officer to Stay at Treatment Center
FALL RIVER — A Fall River police officer arrested twice this week and three times this year on domestic assault and drunk driving charges has been ordered to stay at an inpatient addiction treatment center after he was found dangerous on Thursday.
Prosecutors had argued in court that 48-year-old Somerset resident Andrew Crook should be held without bail after his third arrest in six weeks.
Crook had been placed on paid administrative leave from the Fall River Police Department following his arrest on Sunday on domestic assault charges, three days before he was also arrested and charged for drunk driving and open container violations on Wednesday.
He had previously been arrested on domestic assault charges in late May.
The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said Judge Kevin Finnerty found Crook dangerous in court on Thursday, but ordered him into an inpatient treatment center instead of having him held.
If Crook is released from the center before his cases are resolved, the office stated, he will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device and confined at a relative's home until his criminal cases are disposed.
Other conditions of his release include remaining drug and alcohol free, having no contact with the alleged victim, and not possessing any firearm.
The D.A.'s office said that at around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the alleged victim's father told Somerset police that his daughter had broken a foot due to a domestic violence incident the day before.
Officers arrived at the home to find Crook outside the home, describing him as "severely intoxicated" and noting that he later passed out on the front steps before being taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital.
Police said when Crook was at the hospital, the alleged victim said that he had caused her broken foot, kicked her, and threatened to kill her.
He was officially charged with two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member and one count of threatening to commit a crime.
Crook was released on personal recognizance until Wednesday afternoon at around 3:35 p.m., when he called 911 to report that he had been in a car crash.
Officers arrived at the Riverview Inn and Suites parking lot on Route 103 to find Crook sitting in his car, which was running.
According to the D.A.'s office, he was given — and failed — multiple field sobriety tests.
Police said they also found several half-consumed alcoholic drinks in his car, the office stated.
Crook was arrested and held overnight for arraignment Thursday.
He is due back in court on July 22.