Mass. firefighter admits to OUI in crash with police cruiser

Jay Frisbee, 37, was sentenced to a driver alcohol education program and his license will be suspended for 45 days


By Tanner Stening
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

EAST FALMOUTH, Mass. — A Falmouth firefighter admitted to sufficient facts Friday in Falmouth District Court to a charge he was operating under the influence when he crashed his truck into a Falmouth police cruiser in June.

Jay Frisbee, 37, of East Falmouth, admitted to charges of operating under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and was found not responsible for speeding and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, according to court documents. He was sentenced to a driver alcohol education program and his license will be suspended for 45 days.

An off-duty Falmouth firefighter was arrested in June on an OUI charge. (Photo/Tribune News Service)
An off-duty Falmouth firefighter was arrested in June on an OUI charge. (Photo/Tribune News Service)

On June 24, Frisbee drove his white pickup truck past a "road closed to thru traffic" sign in the area of Menauhant and Acapesket roads shortly before midnight, Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne said at the time. Both roads were shut down because a car had hit and snapped a utility pole on Menauhant earlier in the night.

Frisbee's truck then went over a curb and crashed into a police cruiser parked at the intersection. The officer was not injured, according to a statement from the Police Department.

Frisbee was leaning against the tailgate of his truck after the crash, apologizing many times, a police report says. Officers asked Frisbee if he had had anything to drink, and he said he had had "a few." He told officers, with slurred speech, that he was "just driving around."

When asked how the crash happened, Frisbee said he came around the corner too fast and did not see the cruiser until it was too late.

Officers observed that he was unsteady on his feet and stumbling. Frisbee was given a field sobriety test, then arrested. An inventory of his vehicle showed two empty Smirnoff nips and a 19.2 ounce can of White Claw Hard Seltzer with "a sip or two left."

Frisbee declined to take a Breathalyzer test, according to the police chief. He was placed on administrative leave pending a personnel investigation.

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©2019 Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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