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Police: Drugs, alcohol not factors in Freeh crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm •  Published: August 26, 2014
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BARNARD, Vt. (AP) — Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the single-car crash in Vermont that seriously injured former FBI director Louis Freeh, state police said Tuesday.

Freeh, who led an investigation into the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and issued a scathing report, was alone in his SUV and wearing a seatbelt when he drove off the road shortly after noon Monday, striking a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, according to state police.

A preliminary investigation found no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, they said.

The New Hampshire hospital where police say Freeh was taken is not releasing information about his condition. State police on Monday said he was "seriously injured."

The accident happened in Barnard, a small town about 120 miles northwest of Boston.

No one else was hurt.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire FBI remain with former Director Freeh and his family tonight," FBI Director James Comey said in a statement Monday.

Freeh, 64, was a federal judge in New York before serving as FBI director from 1993 to 2001. He previously served six years as a special agent. He founded his consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions LLC, in 2007.

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