UPDATE: State Police say driver was under influence of drugs when his car struck Deerfield officers

Staff Writer
Published: 8/17/2019 7:55:36 AM

Timothy Avery, 27, of Agawam, was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday morning after police said he struck two Deerfield officers on Route 10 with his car.

Avery was determined to be under the influence of drugs, based on a field sobriety test and a later examination by a drug recognition expert, State Police said in a press release.

The two officers, Nick Limoges and Timothy Boland, were standing on the side of Route 10, near Childs Cross Road, when they were struck, having just arrested a different driver on charges related to driving with a minor while intoxicated, according to a statement by Deerfield Police.

The officers were brought to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to a State Police.

State Police and Whately Police responded to the accident.

Responding officers found a pill canister with one whole pill, two partial pills and no prescription in Avery's car, State Police said. The pills were submitted for analysis.

Avery was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and causing bodily injury, operating negligently to endanger and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, according to State Police.

Avery was booked at the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls; a bail clerk set bail at $10,000 cash plus a $40 bail fee. He was transported to the Franklin County House of Correction to be held pending bail payment or arraignment. 

He is expected to be arraigned in Greenfield District Court this week.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 261.

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