Boston police officer pleads guilty to writing fake ticket after road rage incident – CBS Boston


BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston police officer has pleaded guilty to issuing a false ticket to a driver after a road rage incident nearly three years ago. Christopher Curtis, 37, was sentenced to a year’s probation after pleading Thursday.

Curtis was involved in a road rage incident on Interstate 93 south in Stoneham on March 1, 2019.

After the incident, the Suffolk County District Attorney said the officer took down the victim’s license plate and sent the driver a ticket with a $790 fine along with a threatening handwritten note “challenging the victim to challenge the ticket”.

Officer Christopher Curtis is accused of sending this note to another driver (WBZ-TV)

The victim attempted to appeal the ticket to Woburn District Court, but authorities found several errors and irregularities there. Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police were notified and Curtis was identified. He initially denied involvement, but later admitted in an interview that he wrote the post, the DA said.

“When an officer abuses his authority, as Officer Curtis did in this case, we need to ensure that he is held accountable for his offenses and his breach of community trust,” said prosecutor Kevin Hayden. “This individual is now convicted of criminal offenses which bar him from acting as a member of law enforcement in the future.”

The Boston Police Department said Friday that Curtis remains suspended without pay and an internal investigation is underway.

Boston Police Officer Christopher Curtis outside Suffolk Superior Court, Jan. 28, 2020. (WBZ-TV)

Curtis pleaded guilty to six indictments of forgery, utterance, false report from an official, obtaining criminal record information (CORI) under false pretences, intimidation of witnesses and deception in an investigation.

In addition to probation, Curtis must also pay restitution of $525, which the victim paid while trying to dispute the ticket in court, and have no contact with the victim. The conviction will be reported to the Public Service Pensions Administration Commission (PERAC) and could affect his pension benefits.

Also as a result of this case, Curtis is included in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Automatic Discovery (LEAD) database, which identifies law enforcement officers whose credibility as a potential witness has been questioned.


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