Log Laughs: Streets Are Meant for Driving, Not Lying

And who celebrates with a road rash risk?

We realize that police business is serious, but every once in a while there are entries in the local police log that make us chuckle.  We thought we’d share them. 

Sunday, May 22, 1:31 a.m. A John Street resident reported a man lying in the roadway. An officer spoke to the man, who said he was running with a friend when he fell. The man refused medical treatment and both continued on their way.

Given the time stamp, it’s likely that this guy was sauced. That may have hurt in the morning.

Wednesday, May 15, 8:25 p.m. An officer came upon a young boy lying in the street. The officer discovered there was no issue; the boy was playing with a friend.

What is it with people lying on Reading’s roads lately? That’s where cars live. If you want to lie down, find a bed. Or a couch. Or a rose garden—pretty much any place where a two-ton machine isn’t likely to crush and kill you.

Saturday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. A Quincy man reported that he attempted to rent a home in Reading through Craigslist ,and sent a $1,600 check to Nigeria to pay for it. The house was not for rent.

How much smooth talk does it take to convince someone that it’s totally normal to rent a place in Reading by sending a check to an African country best known for its international con jobs?

Friday, May 20, 7:08 p.m. A Main Street resident reported a suspicious man in a blue vehicle going door to door near the intersection of Forest Street and Rice Road. An officer determined that the man was delivering copies of the Reading Chronicle to area homes. 

You’d think the newspapers flying from the car's window would have given this one away.

Friday, May 20, 2:35 p.m. An officer responded to a report of a grey SUV leaving Reading Memorial High School while a man was riding on the vehicle’s roof.

Now this kid knows how to celebrate his last day of classes—with a chance of broken bones and road rash.


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