Newburyport Fire Department
Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.
TRUCK TAKES A DIP
It happened the day after Halloween, but it was still quite the trick. On Nov. 1, Newburyport firefighters came upon an unusual sight when they responded to an accident on Low Street: a pickup truck partially submerged in a swimming pool. The truck, which had been parked in a driveway, rolled free, crashed through a fence, and wound up with its front end poking into the waters of the pool, despite its off-season covering. Fire officials posted photos on Facebook of a towing crew working to retrieve the truck. A vehicle malfunction of some sort, they wrote, might have been to blame. “Fortunately,’’ they continued, “there were no injuries.”
HALLOWEEN DRESS REHEARSAL
Speaking of Halloween, one enterprising youngster in Marblehead tried to get a head start on the sugar feast. A few days before the holiday — Oct. 28 to be exact — police in that North Shore town received a call from a West Orchard Street resident who reported that a boy wearing a clown mask rang her doorbell around 3:30 that afternoon, asking for a trick or treat. When she told him the holiday hadn’t arrived yet, she said, he asked, “Well, candy for my troubles?” Sorry, she told him, she had none in stock, at which point the youngster trotted off toward Gallison Avenue, undoubtedly in search of a sweeter reception there. Police suggested she call back if he returned, but apparently, he didn’t.
ANOTHER CLOWN SIGHTING
And speaking of clowns, Bridgewater police received a report just before 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 that someone was sitting in a vehicle in front of a house dressed as clown. The responding officer found a clown of sorts, but no actual person: It was just a mask hanging from one of the headrests. Now had it been a mask of a plice officer, that would have really slowed traffic.
At 1:38 a.m. Oct. 22, Salem police officers were sent to an address on Loring Avenue, where a party guest had committed an obvious faux pas: He’d parked his vehicle in front of the driveway, preventing other guests from leaving. The guy told officers he wasn’t getting behind the wheel, though, because he’d been drinking. An Uber driver was coming to rescue him. Officers checked and there were no warrants out for his arrest, and the other guests soon were able to escape when a sober partygoer moved the guy’s car. You have to hand it to him: He may have made poor choice of a parking spot, but he was smart enough not to drink and drive.
HOLDING UP THE LINE
A few days later in Bridgewater, officers dealt with problems caused by another immobile vehicle, but this time the driver faced more serious consequences. At 1:21 a.m. Oct. 28, police in that town were called because a driver had passed out in his vehicle at McDonald’s — blocking the drive-thru lane. He was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor, second offense.
NO PASSING ZONE
When driving in Brookline, it seems, careful who you pass. On the afternoon of Nov. 2, a motorist told police that he had been driving on Aspinwall Avenue when a vehicle stopped before him in the roadway and didn’t continue with the flow of traffic. After yelling at the driver to no avail, the motorist told police, he passed the obstacle on its left side. Big mistake. When he stopped at the next red light, he said, a man suddenly came out of the vehicle behind him, presumably the one he’d just passed, and slashed one of his car’s tires twice with a switchblade. This one, police said, is under investigation.
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