, Gloucester, MA

February 20, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Driver, passenger charged after stop

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — Police arrested a male driver and criminally charged the woman who owned the vehicle the man was driving after an officer was dispatched at about 6:13 p.m. on Monday to investigate a report of an erratic operator on Route 128 north near Exit 14.

Bryan Nikola, 36, of Forrest Street was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, a subsequent offense of the charge for Nikola, after an officer stopped the vehicle on Pleasant Street, according to police. Nikola also faces a charge of failing to use his directional light to signal a turn.

Police said Nikola told officers at the station that he had been driving the vehicle, owned by Gretchen M. Adams, 27, with whom he lives, because he was picking up groceries for the woman and her child. Police said Nikola stated that Adams allowed him to drive her vehicle, knowing that his license is suspended.

Police charged Adams with allowing a driver with a suspended license to drive her vehicle, police said.

Police issued a citation to an 18-year-old Orchard Street woman for trespassing on private property after finding her driving a Jeep up and down Good Harbor Beach Monday about 2 p.m., according to police. Police said both the parking lot and the point where the woman entered the beach are marked with signs that state that only authorized vehicles should drive on the beach.

A woman reported a Nintendo 3DS and games were stolen from her house sometime in the days before Monday, according to police.

Police said the woman provided the name of a suspect but no evidence. The woman told police she checked with Game Stop to see if someone had traded the gaming system for cash there, but the store would not provide her with that information.

Police are filing a criminal complaint against a teenage boy who an officer observed holding a can of Natural Ice beer in the Veterans Memorial School back parking lot Monday about 9:47 p.m.

Police had responded to a report of youths drinking alcohol in the street, and upon arrival an officer saw six teens, including the one teen he’d seen drop the can of beer that he’d been holding.

Police said the teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, seemed intoxicated and emanated a strong odor of liquor. The teen at first denied having consumed anything and “became confrontational during the encounter,” police said.

The other teens left the area, appearing to be fine, police said, while the teenager who had dropped the beer was taken to the police station where his mother picked him up after he admitted drinking two beers.

According to the report, police are also seeking a charge of trespassing against the teen.

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