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Cop accused of manslaughter, drunk driving set to go on trial

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A former Lowell Police Officer accused of deadly drunk driving is due at trial in April, the Lowell Sun reports.

Eric Wayne, 42, is accused of killing one person and and seriously another in 2014 after he crashed head on into a car while drunk driving in Methuen. Charges includemotor-vehicle homicide and manslaughter, the Sun reported.

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Wayne has a history of drunken behaviour and violence, according to prosecutors.

The 19-year veteran of the Lowell police force was charged with manslaughter while awaiting trial for a separate incident in 2013 in which his own department arrested him for drunk driving. Wayne was however, cleared of that charge in a 2015 trial.

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“In October of 2015, Wayne was committed to a treatment facility after he was arrested by Lowell police for allegedly being drunk and disorderly,” The Lowell Sun reported. “He was arrested for allegedly being drunk and causing a traffic disruption on Andover Street in Lowell on Oct. 19, 2015.”

Wayne has reportedly been given rehabilitation treatment. However, a recent reportedly found mental-health evaluation Wayne was still drinking daily.

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