TAUNTON — A Taunton Police sergeant has been arrested and charged with drunk driving and negligent operation after he was involved in a vehicle crash that seriously injured a motorcycle rider early Sunday morning.

Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh announced Monday that Sergeant Shawn Smith, 49, of Raynham, has been placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Smith is a 20-year veteran of the department.

He was off duty and was allegedly driving a personal pickup truck at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when police responded to the crash at Harvey Street near South Crane Avenue.

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The 52-year-old Rehoboth man riding the motorcycle suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

He was taken to a Brockton hospital and was later transported to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Smith, a member of the department since November 2000, was arrested following an on-scene investigation.

He has been charged with operating under the influence of liquor causing serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Smith is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Taunton District Court.

The investigation remains under active investigation with assistance by State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

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