Police Log: Sloppy Conditions on Pearl Street and a Mystery Flare
A look at notable events in the Reading Police log for Jan. 25-26.
Tuesday, Jan. 25
1:36 a.m. Following a traffic stop on Ash Street, police arrested Alexander O’Keefe, 25, of Hingham and charged him with driving while under the influence of alcohol. O’Keefe paid $40 cash bail two hours later, and was then taken into protective custody.
6:42 a.m. Police received a report of a car that struck a snowbank near the intersection of Pearl Street and Charles Street. An officer checked the area and did not find the car.
7:08 a.m. Police responded to a report of an abandoned car stuck in a snow bank near the intersection of Pearl Street and Audobon Road. Police were unable to contact the owner, who lives on nearby Kylie Drive and had left the scene, and had the vehicle towed. Police also found damage, possibly caused by the car, to a Pearl Street property.
7:48 a.m. A Reading driver reported a past accident with a wall at St. Agnes Church in Reading. She said her vehicle suffered extensive front end damage. Police checked the wall. It sustained no damage.
10:26 a.m. A Green Street resident reported that two vehicles parked on the opposite side of the street would prevent the resident from exiting his driveway. An officer checked the area, determined that the resident would not be able to exit his driveway, and called the owners of the vehicles parked across the street.
12:18 p.m. A Bond Street resident reported a black Lincoln Towncar lingering in the area. Police discovered that the car belonged to a transportation service making a pickup.
2:43 p.m. A Reading driver collided with a snow bank on Highland Street. Gray’s Towing assisted the driver.
4:56 p.m. An officer assisted a Melrose driver who had gotten stuck in a snow bank near the intersection of Salem Street and Pearl Street.
5:38 p.m. Police issued a citation to Lisa Paboojian, 42, of North Reading, charging her with possession of a class C substance.
8:21 p.m. Police cited a Puritan Road youth and charged the youth with driving with other passengers in the car while under a junior operator’s license. The two passengers walked from the scene.
9:35 p.m. The Reading Municipal Light Department reported a hit and run on a light pole on Mill Street. The accident caused damage to the pole and ripped the service out of a home on the street. The vehicle departed before the light department arrived.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
1:10 a.m. An anonymous caller reported that he thought he saw someone in the Enterprise car rental location on Minot Street. An officer checked the building and found it secure.
6:11 a.m. A Hopkins Street resident complained of a car running its engine behind Sam’s Bistro on Main Street. An officer informed the driver that he was not supposed to do so and sent him on his way.
7:27 a.m. An anonymous caller reported spotting a coyote on Ash Street. An officer checked the area, but the coyote had departed.
10:26 a.m. A Wakefield resident reported that she couldn’t find her vehicle at the YMCA on Arthur B. Lord Drive. An officer assisted her, and she found her vehicle on the street.
12:55 p.m. An Emerson Street resident complained that a vehicle was blocking her driveway. An officer checked the vehicle, which was parked legally.
2:44 p.m. A James Road resident reported that a white woman with a clipboard knocked on her door around 1 p.m. The resident did not know the woman and did not open the door. She wanted police to log the incident for informational purposes.
3:28 p.m. Police responded to a two-vehicle collision between a Melrose driver and a North Reading driver near East Coast Gas on Main Street.
5:43 p.m. Police responded to an apartment at 243 Salem Street where a resident reported that a pipe had burst in the garage. Police discovered the a pipe had not burst. The homeowner had left a spigot running and the attached hose ruptured.
5:44 p.m. A School Street resident reported that someone stole her license plate while her vehicle was parked at a school.
7:40 p.m. Police arrested James Lyons Jr., 31, of Medford following an alarm at KGA Motor Sports on Gould Street. Police reported that Lyons had an outstanding warrant from Woburn District Court. He was also taken into protective custody and later released on $290 bail.
8:08 p.m. Police responded to an argument between a man and a woman in front of the Walgreens on Harnden Street. Neither party reported a problem. Police sent them on their way.
8:22 p.m. A Cross Street resident reported spotting a red flare shot into the sky. An officer checked the area and found nothing out of the ordinary.
10:09 p.m. Police notified that water department of a sewage backup on Bancroft Avenue.