Wareham man charged with DUI after police car crash

Apr 07, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat This police cruiser was damaged Thursday night after being struck in front of Shenanigans on Route 28.

A 23-year-old Wareham man was arrested Thursday night charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly crashed into a police cruiser, injuring the officer who was driving.

In addition to driving under the influence, Sean McCrillis was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to yield to oncoming traffic following the crash. The crash occurred near Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill at approximately 12:30 a.m.

According to police, Officer Peter Silvia was traveling south on Route 28 when McCrillis tried to turn left into the restaurant parking lot and collided with the cruiser, causing extensive damage to both cars. While McCrillis was uninjured, Silvia was taken to Tobey Hospital after sustaining minor injuries.

McCrillis was scheduled to be arraigned in Wareham District Court Friday morning.

Comments (22)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 07, 2017 12:40

Oh boy Sean, you've really messed up.  Drunk driving is one thing, getting caught is another, but crashing into a police cruiser and hurting the policeman really sealed the deal my friend.  What were you thinking?



Posted by: rhbinma | Apr 07, 2017 15:44

looks more like the cop hit the other person. All the damage is on the passengers side. If the other person hit him it should be on the drivers side.

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 07, 2017 23:18

First let's hope the officer recovers from the minor injuries quickly.

We've all seen how police drive. They are distracted by radio transmissions, a giant laptop, and perhaps even an old signal two on the cell phone. Top that off with the fact that none of them are following posted speed limits... It's recipe for bad soup.

Is there a certain speed limit that law enforcement can drive before they need to have the old gum balls on ?


Posted by: Knocked for six | Apr 08, 2017 06:59

Wow .... Way to blame this on the WPD !

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 08, 2017 09:08

Knocked, I was thinking the same thing! Read the article for goodness sake. The officer was traveling on Cranberry Highway heading south. The alleged drunk diver was heading north. He turned into the path of the officer if he was taking a left into Shenanigan's. Not too difficult to figure out who was at fault here. SMH!

Posted by: shop247 | Apr 08, 2017 10:18

Driving north or south, the passenger side is protected unless someone comes out of a side street and runs into you.  Maybe, the damage in the picture was caused by him being hit and swerving into something on the side of the road.  There could be damage to the drivers side that you just can't see because of the angle of the picture.


Posted by: Uptohere | Apr 08, 2017 10:27

So it's not the roads fault this time.

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 08, 2017 12:34

I wasn't blaming anyone, I just mentioned facts and asked a question.  :)

Posted by: Knocked for six | Apr 08, 2017 12:59

Shop lets think this out... Car going south and car going north .. Still with me? The north bound car radically turns left.... Still there? What does the south bound driver do?

(1) drive head on and risk serous injury and damage?

(2) turn right to make sure that there is impact and the damage is where you would understand ?

(3 turn to the left to try and avoid the accident creating damage on the passenger side

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 08, 2017 13:02

Plus who knows what angle the driver was coming at the officer, he was impaired.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 08, 2017 13:15

A drunk hit a cop.  That's the story. No need to recreate the crash scene based on a pic in the paper.  Sean was still drunk driving no matter what.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 08, 2017 16:02

Yup blame it on the Officer , I love these Arm Chair Quaterbacks , people who have no idea what it's like to put their life on the line everyday for perfect strangers .... Thanks Pete , hope you're ok , see ya soon

Posted by: bob | Apr 08, 2017 17:24

swifts sheriff,no disrespect to the officer ,but no body twisted his arm to be a cop..I'm sure he took it for the benefits and the money...

Posted by: shop247 | Apr 08, 2017 17:42

Knocked, maybe you should think it out and reread my comment.  My comment was completely neutral, not blaming anyone.  I come from generations (dating back to the 1800's in Ireland) of police officers.  The only 2 people who know the truth are not here commenting and I would imagine one was too drunk to remember his stupidity.  My comment did mention  the damage could have been cause by him swerving and hitting something even though the article states the guy tried to turn left and collided with the vehicle.  I tend to believe the article might need updating or rewording.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 09, 2017 13:41

Bobby , nobody's arm gets twisted to do any profession. I don't see officer in front of your name ...

Posted by: bob | Apr 09, 2017 17:37

N o swifts sheriff,there isnt officer in front of my name,but my family has several in front of there name....

Posted by: Knocked for six | Apr 09, 2017 18:45

Ah Bob!!! Riding the coattails of family members!

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 10, 2017 09:28

He was going to get tangled with the police either way, with the new system they have at that restaurant if he came in drunk, the cops would be notified unless some good sport was going to give him a ride home. After seeing their system I hope the owners comes in before the BOS some night, and explain it. We should have this in all alcohol establishments, I guess they have it in many in Boston. Based on the price, its really not that much money to save somebody's license or more important somebody's life. 

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 10, 2017 09:38

Bob O again there is no title in front of your  name so you have NO IDEA what the job is like .You can listen to all the Starsky and Hutch stories your family tells you but until you've done the job keep your pie hole quiet . I have had the pleasure of holding the "title " of officer and firefighter (hence the name ) here in the commonwealth and when you say " do it for the benefits wrong again . I never carried the city's benefits because My Wife has always had better benefits . BTW I don't do it anymore because of a medical condition and which I could have gotten a full medical retirement which I chose not to take , yeah call me crazy I guess .

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 10, 2017 10:05

Perhaps Bob's "no disrespect comment" is based upon his knowledge of what motivated those in his family to become officers.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 10, 2017 15:18

Andrea , That's what might have motivated Bob's family to join . But not everyone

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 10, 2017 18:00

Swifts Sherriff - No need for the "But not everyone," in the above comment that you directed to me. Go back and read my comment. My comment did not reference all officers, or as you put it, "everyone." I have a tremendous amount of respect for police officers and firefighters, the work they do, and the process through which they make a decision to choose public service as a career.

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