Mass. cop who arrested Obama uncle had 9 accidents

January 13, 2012 - 8:15 PM

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who arrested President Barack Obama's uncle on drunken-driving charges has had nine on-duty accidents during his 15 years on the force.

Framingham Officer Val Krishtal says he arrested Onyango (ohn-YAHN'-goh) Obama in August after he failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and nearly caused the officer's cruiser to crash into his vehicle.

Obama's lawyer says he's reviewing the officer's driving record to see if there's a pattern of bad driving he can use in Obama's defense.

Obama is the half-brother of the president's late father. The defense maintains he wasn't committing any violation when he was stopped by the officer.

Police Chief Steven Carl told The Boston Globe on Friday no one was injured in the officer's accidents.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe