A 21-year-old restaurant worker faces drunken driving charges after police say she struck two parked cars, failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level tested at three times the legal limit.
Jessica Brantley was arrested on charges of drunken and negligent driving after the vehicle she was driving struck two cars parked on Western Avenue near the Blynman Canal drawbridge.
Responding officers reported that they immediately noted the “strong and unmistakable” odor of alcohol emanating from Brantley. Brantley failed five field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, then registered 0.24 on a blood alcohol level — the legal limit is .08. Police said she told them she had been driving home from work at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar and had drunk one beer at the restaurant after her shift.
Though the crash caused Brantley’s vehicle’s airbags to deploy and all three vehicles involved had to be towed from the scene, Brantley was not injured in the collision. Her own vehicle ended up sideways in the roadway with “heavy damage.” One of the cars she struck sustained “heavy” damage to the drivers side rear quarter panel and front bumper, and the other showed “heavy” side damage, according to police.
Police determined she had been speeding at the time of the crash, and she was charged with speeding along with the charges of operating negligently so as to endanger and drunken driving.
Mariano T. Defreitas, 39, of Ellery Street was arrested on a charge of drunken driving, failing to stop and failing to turn Saturday about 1 a.m. Police stopped him after officers saw him fail to stop, then fail to use a turn signal while turning from Railroad Avenue onto Washington Street.
Police said Defreitas told them he was driving from Stone’s Pub. He failed three sobriety tests and declined to recite his ABCs because he did not finish high school and is “not good with the alphabet,” he told police. His blood alcohol level reading was 0.17 percent.
A man who pulled around a corner turning left onto Washington Street and struck a parked Sclafani’s delivery van Monday about 4:13 a.m. was charged with negligent driving and driving with a revoked license.
The man, 42-year-old Angel R. Sanchez, was driving to work in Chelsea from his Mansfield Street home. His vehicle sustained “heavy” damage on the front passengers’ side. The delivery van showed “moderate” damage to its rear bumper. Sanchez was unable to explain the reason for the collision, according to police.
Officers concluded that the damage was consistent with a high-speed collision. They also noted that there was sufficient room to pass the van and that the roadway was “well-lit.”
Sanchez was arrested after police dispatch confirmed that his license had been revoked.
A man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and malicious property destruction after a fight outside Mitch’s Sports Bar on Rogers Street on Saturday about 11:11 p.m.
Though an officer said he observed Richard Madison, 22, punch another man with a closed fist, that man denied having been punched. He told police he had also tried to “calm (Madison) down” by wrapping his arms around Madison.
However, the officer reported seeing Madison yelling at “numerous” people outside of the bar, and saw him strike the passenger-side door of a parked vehicle with his closed fist, leading to the charges. Police observed a “small” dent and “several” scuff marks on the vehicle.
Witnesses told police the disturbance had begun inside the bar and moved outside.
A 19-year-old accused of shoplifting vodka from Ed’s Mini Mart was charged with the crime after he returned to the store later in the day
Joseph P. Goodhue of Gloucester told police he had hidden the bottle under his sweatshirt and left the store with it because he is not old enough to buy vodka. Security footage in the store confirmed the situation.
A teen faces charges of malicious and wanton property damage, after he jumped on the hood of a woman’s vehicle, causing damage Sunday about 6 p.m.
The woman reported a story very different from the one Lukas Zwemke, who was charged, told police.
She said Zwemke almost “side-swiped” her vehicle, then parked his vehicle, got out and jumped on hers.
Zwemke said he stopped his vehicle after seeing the woman make an obscene gesture at him. He said she drove toward him and he jumped so as to roll off her vehicle if struck, but he said she stopped before reaching him and he landed on his feet on the vehicle.
Both Zwemke and the woman reported that Zwemke offered to repair the dent by popping it back out.
Mark S. White, Jr., 36, was arrested at his Friend Street home Friday about 10:27 a.m. after he approached a woman who has an active restraining order against him at a coffee shop and asked her to drop the order. White is charged with violating a restraining order.
A 16-year-old Gloucester boy reported being struck by a vehicle that did not stop after striking him from behind as he skateboarded down Main Street about 10:23 p.m. Friday. Police noted that the teenager had worn no helmet, reflectors or safety gear.
Police circulated a “be on the lookout” call for a 1990 white Subaru station wagon, and the teen’s older brother drove him to the hospital.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or firstname.lastname@example.org.