Alleged Drunk Driver Misses House by a Few Feet
Tracks indicate he drove over 200 feet after leaving the road.
A 49-year-old man faces drunk driving charges after allegedly losing control of his car on Andover Street and plowing across two lawns before coming to a stop about 10 feet from the bedroom wall of a home on Greenmeadow Drive.
Melvin Berger of 6 Farmview Ave., Methuen, was allegedly driving his sports coupe westbound just after midnight Saturday, when police say he lost control of the car, crossed the yellow lines and the eastbound lane and went up over a knoll.
Tracks left at the scene indicate Berger then drove through an area of landscaped shrubbery, ripped a small tree out of the ground, jumped the curb, crossed over Green Meadow Drive, went over the berm, between a set of guy wires and a telephone pole another 30 feet across the lawn, before stopping just under the bedroom window of Willard and Kelly Gray at 15 Greenmeadow Drive.
At some point, the axels of Berger's car snapped and the hanging metal carved grooves in the asphalt and he crossed Greenmeadow Drive.
According to the police report, Kelly Gray called dispatch and reported that there was a car on her lawn.
Berger was not injured in the incident. According to Willard Gray, Berger exited the vehicle and said, "I think I'm in a little trouble."
Gray said police administered field sobriety tests to Berger when they arrived and then placed him under arrest. According to the police report, Berger was charged with OUI-liquor.
More vehicles broken into
Saturday afternoon, a caller phoned police to report their car had been broken into overnight at 92 Merrimack Meadows. A second resident called with a similar complaint and said that their GPS had been stolen.
Saturday morning, Dracut Police called Tewksbury PD to report that a vehicle that had been stolen from 87 Merrimack Meadows had been recovered in their town.
Sunday, just after 3 a.m., a resident called police to report they saw two men around 6102 Archstone and that it appeared they were breaking into a vehicle. The caller said the men ran behind Building 6. Officers responded but were unable to locate the men. They found the car in question, reporting that it appeared to have been gone through and that the truck was opened.
Accident interrupts cleanup day
A motorcycle accident interrupted the positive activities going on during the Townwide Cleanup Day on Saturday. At around 9:33 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls regarding the accident at the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets. Rescue crews responded quickly and the victim was taken to Saints Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.