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September 10, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Man treated after being struck by car

Gloucester Police/Fire

A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Main Street near the Crows Nest was transported to Beverly Hospital, where medical teams treated his “non-life threatening” injuries Friday about 5 p.m.

The 44-year-old man struck by the vehicle was conscious and alert after the crash, though he told police his hip felt injured.

The 57-year-old driver who struck him, a city woman, told police a glare from the setting sun had affected her visibility and witnesses confirmed that the sun had caused decreased visibility around the time of the crash.

The pedestrian told police he had been drinking “a few beers” and was trying to cross the street when the Ford Focus allegedly struck him, according to the police report. The man remembered colliding with the front of the car, then the windshield before falling to the ground.

The car’s windshield was cracked in a spiderweb shape, and the car was towed from the scene.

Police said they have ruled out speed as a factor in the crash.

Police brought a 41-year-old Summit Street woman home to her son after finding her “intoxicated” and eating leaves from a tree in a Riverside Avenue yard.

Police said the woman “ordered” the police to get her a cheeseburger when they found her; officers instead brought her home so her son could care for her.

Police charged a 52-year-old homeless man with resisting arrest and domestic assault and battery after the man allegedly pushed a woman down on stairs at her Main Street home, then began “actively fighting” with responding police.

Dana Decoste kicked his legs at police arresting him, screamed in a “warlike” manner at police, and became “dead weight” as police escorted him to a cruiser after cuffing him.

Officers described his behavior as “wild and bizarre.”

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