Busy Night: Two Arrests For Alleged Drunk Driving Just Six Minutes Apart

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Some nights for the can be unusually quiet. Others can be amazingly busy.

The officers working the March 2-3 overnight shift found themselves with a rather busy evening, especially just after midnight.

An 1:37 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, a 911 caller reported a car into a pole near 1866 Main St. The caller said he was unable to get to or communicate with the driver of the vehicle.

When officers responded, they found the vehicle empty, but they located tracks heading down Livingston Street. Officers followed the tracks and found the driver on a small side path. The driver, Matthew J. Dizio, 32, of 23 North St., Wilmington, was charged with OUI-liquor (second offense), leaving the scene of a property damage accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and speeding. There was only minor damage to the pole.

At 1:43 a.m., a 911 call reported a car into a tree at 354 South St., with injuries. This call prompted a full rescue response, though the driver and her passenger refused treatment. The driver, Kelley Ann Morgan, 21, 29 Ellington Road, Tewksbury, was arrested and charged with OUI-liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

A 21-year-old female passenger was taken into protective custody.

Later that morning, at around 4:30 a.m., police responded to a call at 1057 Main St., after an officer was flagged down and told that a car had struck a pole. After an investigation, Derek Steen, 20, 13 Beacon St., Wilmington, was charged with OUI-liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Man arrested for domestic assault (March 4)

On Sunday, at around 11:30 a.m., a woman called 911 and reported she had just been assaulted by her boyfriend and that he was not letting her leave.

Officers responded to the scene and, after an investigation, arrested Thomas L. Bernat, 38, 1428 Andover St., Tewksbury, and charged him with assault and battery, as well as intimidating a witness.


Guilmar Espinoza, 39, 34 Springfield St., Lawrence, was arrested on Sunday, March 4 on two outstanding warrants. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a marked lanes violation.

Other incidents:

On March 3, a female caller from Primrose Circle told police that a man had come to her door claiming to be from ADT alarms. But he called ADT and they said they had no one in the area that day. Police responded, but the man was gone on arrival.

On Saturday, March 3, around 1 p.m., Police responded to a two-car accident at the Oakdale Mall. Wilmington Ambulance was called on mutual aid and took one passenger to the Winchester Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.


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