, Gloucester, MA

July 20, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Gloucester Police/Fire

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A motorcyclist was treated and released from Beverly Hospital Thursday night after his Harley Davidson struck the rear of a pickup truck just outside the Grant Circle rotary on the northern end of Washington Street at about 6 p.m.

Police said Friday they will issue a citation to the motorcycle rider, who was transported to Beverly with serious but non-life threatening injuries, for traveling at a “speed greater than reasonable.”

The 40-year-old Viking Street man who was riding the motorcycle was being treated for possible fractures Thursday evening. He also suffered injuries to both legs and his right arm. Police said he was in a lot of pain from the injuries and from “road rash.”

Police observed skid marks that spanned 75 feet of the motorcycle’s travel. Officers estimated that the motorcycle and its passenger slid for about 114 feet on its side after striking the truck. The man was found about six feet from the motorcycle.

Two witnesses said the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the truck. The truck driver told police he attempted to accelerate to move out of the motorcycle’s path, but was unable to escape the crash.

The 2009 black Harley Davidson was towed away from the scene after the crash.

Police filed criminal complaints for domestic assault and battery against Justin J. Brown, a 28-year-old Pleasant Street man, after Brown allegedly walked up to another man related to him and punched the man on Pleasant Street.

The other man said no words were exchanged before Brown allegedly punched him in the forehead. Brown denied punching the man, but police observed a red mark near the man’s hairline when he reported the crime.

A report of an “enraged” man wielding a chainsaw and making threats drew police to a Webster Street residence Thursday about 10 a.m.

When officers arrived, the man told them he had been yelling and swearing at the hedges he was trimming in his back yard, threatening only the vegetation.

The man had been trimming the hedges when he fell down and became enraged at having fallen. He went inside to calm down and cool off after speaking with police.

Massachusetts State Police and the Gloucester Police and Fire departments coordinated an effort to detonate old ammunition and confiscated fireworks in the woods off Gloucester’s Cherry Street Friday afternoon.

Police created a secure perimeter and detonated the materials in a controlled fashion, after informing residents with a code red alarm.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at