By Marjorie Nesin
---- — GLOUCESTER — Police are investigating a weekend crash that resulted in a 17-year-old Gloucester driver being charged with drunken driving.
Ian Kennedy of Bennett Street, a senior athlete at Gloucester High School, was charged with drunken driving and driving to endanger after the Volvo he was driving struck a tree on Magnolia Avenue Sunday about 11:42 p.m., according to city police.
Kennedy was transported to Beverly Hospital, but declined to answer any questions about the crash, police indicated, saying only that he was at a friend’s house down the street before the accident.
According to the police report, a number of teens had walked up to the scene and “were upset because they knew the person involved.” Police, however, said these teens were “very uncooperative” when police asked questions of them as well.
According to police, The teens told them that they had been at the same house as Kennedy, but would not specify which house or whose house they had been at.
Police Chief Leonard Campanello said Wednesday that other charges are pending amid further investigations into the crash.
Police stopped an unlicensed motorist who was driving with two infants in her vehicle on Pleasant Street Tuesday and issued criminal citations to both the driver and her mother who owns the vehicle.
Keana Souza, 18, of 7 Arthur St., was pulled over after she failed to stop at the intersection of Prospect and Pleasant streets, according to police. Police charged Souza with driving without a license after she told the officer she had never been licensed to drive and police confirmed that information with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Souza’s friend, who was riding in the passenger seat, is not licensed to drive either, according to police. Both women’s babies were in baby seats in the back seat.
Shelley Souza, Souza’s mother and the owner of the vehicle, was charged with allowing an unlicensed person to drive her vehicle, according to police. Police said the mother came to the scene and drove the vehicle home from Pleasant Street.
Police are leveling charges of shoplifting against a juvenile who is accused of stealing a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Rum, valued at $19.99, from Ed’s Mini Mart on Washington Street Monday about 8:57 p.m., according to police.
The store owner told officers that the boy had tried to place the bottle under his jacket and walk out of the store. According to the police report, officers brought the boy home to his mother who informed them that the Department of Children and Families is already working with the boy.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.