Records show it was a state-owned car believed to have been driven by a former employee of the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office who was totaled after stroking along a stone retaining wall on November 21.
Former community engagement chief Ricky Grant Jr. was arraigned Friday in Attleboro District Court for two misdemeanors: YES and careless operation of a motor vehicle.
Grant, 39, pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance, court records show.
Grant’s driver’s license has been suspended indefinitely due to an immediate threat, according to an RMV notice dated Nov. 26.
At the time, Grant’s boss was Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who has since been appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. Rollins did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday morning.
Current Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden, who was appointed in January, did not respond to questions about when and under what circumstances Grant left office, or why he was driving a Commonwealth car.
“Ricky Grant’s motor vehicle accident and departure from this office occurred prior to the appointment of DA Hayden as district attorney,” a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “As a matter of principle, we do not discuss personnel matters publicly.”
Details of the office’s vehicle use policy should be obtained through a public records request, the spokeswoman said.
Grant’s annual salary was $107,000, according to the comptroller’s office.
Grant declined to comment on the filing. His lawyer, Anthony R. Riccio, did not speak specifically about the case.
“He was formally charged at the last court date, so this is now an ongoing criminal case,” Riccio said on Tuesday. “So I’m just not going to comment on the evidence, or anything specifically addressed in the police report.”
Skid marks in the grass off Commonwealth Avenue led to a dented stone retaining wall and evidence that the car skidded along the wall and through two driveways “with speed and force sufficient to break open and dig up a buried piece of granite curb,” Officer Michael G. Demers wrote in an incident report.
“The entire exhaust system was sheared off and located several feet behind the final resting place of the vehicle,” Demers wrote. The front wheel rim on the driver’s side was “completely broken”.
A diagram of the crash showed a curve in the road at 140 Commonwealth Ave. where the vehicle continued forward and into and along the top of the retaining wall and across a driveway before coming to a stop in the grass at 1 Lyons Way.
Paramedics at the scene administered an IV and put a collar on Grant before taking him to Sturdy Memorial Hospital where Grant’s wife joined him.
Court records did not show Grant’s blood alcohol level. A police report said no field sobriety test was conducted due to Grant’s need for immediate medical attention.
“Due to Grant Jr.’s physical condition and the need for medical attention. . . it was apparent that he would not be able to take field sobriety tests if asked to do so,” North Attleborough Police Officer Evan J. Moriarty wrote in an incident report. .
In the ambulance, Grant told police he had dropped his sister off at her house and was going home to Providence. He said he had been at a bar until it closed at 1:30 a.m. where he drank two Long Island iced teas, according to a police report.
“He thought he was in Rhode Island,” Moriarty wrote.
When asked how the crash happened, Grant’s response “did not answer the question, but instead made a statement regarding the fact that he was injured,” the report said. Moriarty.
An accident report listed the owner of the red 2011 Ford Fusion as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with an address at 1 Ashburton, Room 1017 – the listed address for the Commonwealth Operational Services Division.
According to Grant’s LinkedIn page, he’s originally from Boston and now works as chief operating officer at Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester. Calls to school were not returned on Tuesday
Grant’s biography on LinkedIn states, “He has over 17 years of experience in program design, program development, teaching, case management, grant management, staff supervision and management. comprehensive support program for Boston’s underserved communities.
Grant’s next hearing is scheduled for March 28.