Trooper who lost deputy son to wrong-way driver helps nab another wrong-way driver

BOURNE – State Police report that on Sunday at 7:40 p.m., Sergeant John Kotfila, working as the State Police Bourne Barracks desk officer, received numerous reports of a wrong-way driver heading eastbound in the westbound lane of Route 6 in Sandwich. Trooper Terry Nugent responded to the area. Sergeant Kotfilia informed Trooper Nugent that the vehicle, a Honda Civic, had made a U-turn and was now traveling westbound on the westbound side of Route 6. Trooper Nugent waited ahead for the vehicle in Bourne and, when he saw the Honda, indicated by the numerous other cars flashing their high beams to get his attention, he stopped the Honda just prior to exit 1 in Bourne.

After a subsequent investigation, the operator, Salustriano DaSilva, 44, from Fall River was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor. He was transported to the Bourne Barracks and booked. DaSilva was unable to make the  $2,500 bail and was transferred to the Barnstable House of Correction.

DaSilva was charged with the following offenses:
1. Operating under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense

2. Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense
3. Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
4. Wrong way on state highway

Trooper Kotfila’s son, Hillsborough County (FL) Deputy John Kotfila Jr., was killed when he drove into the path of a wrong-way motorist to shield another motorist from the impact (see related story here).
Media release furnished by Mass State Police

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