Agawam Man who Struck Two Deerfield Officers Arrested

The suspected impaired motorist arrested early yesterday morning for striking two Deerfield Police officers is identified as TIMOTHY M. AVERY, 27, of Agawam. AVERY, who was already detained by local police when Troopers arrived on-scene at Route 10 and Childs Cross Road, was charged by Troopers from State Police-Shelburne Falls after an investigation. 

A Trooper who responded to the crash, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m., determined that AVERY was under the influence of narcotics.

During an inventory of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser that AVERY was driving, Troopers found a pill canister containing one whole pill and two partial pills. The pills, for which AVERY had no prescription, were secured as evidence and will be submitted for analysis.

In addition to being asked to perform several field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, AVERY was examined at a police station by a certified Drug Recognition Expert. 

Troopers charged AVERY with the following offenses:

1. Operating Under the Influence of Drugs Causing Serious Bodily Injury;
2. Operating a Motor Vehicle Negligently to Endanger; and 
3. Failure to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle. 

AVERY was booked at State Police-Shelburne Falls; a bail clerk set bail at $10,000 cash plus a $40 bail fee, and AVERY 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 coming week. 

The Deerfield officers were responding to a separate crash involving a suspected OUI driver at the time when they were struck. They were transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious but not life threatening injuries.