A hit-and-run accident on Eastern Avenue Tuesday evening resulted in the arrest of a Holly Street man for drunken driving for the fourth time and other charges.
Paul Mattson, 42, was charged with his fourth offense of operating under the influence, along with leaving the scene of an accident and having an open container of alcohol in his car.
According to police, Mattson allegedly struck a station wagon waiting at the Eastern Avenue lights around 6 p.m.
There were no injuries, police said, but Mattson then allegedly drove off. An officer caught up with him on Poplar Street.
There, police said, Mattson first allegedly said he did not get in an accident, and when confronted with the evidence of fresh damage to his pickup truck, he blamed the other driver.
Police said Mattson failed a field sobriety test, and police said they recovered four empty nip-sized bottles of whiskey from a backpack on the front seat of the truck.
John Zaleski, 38, listed as homeless, was arrested Wednesday on charges of malicious destruction of property worth over $250 after he allegedly threw a rock through the window of the Friend Street home where he had been staying.
According to police, Zaleski and his girlfriend — who told officers Tuesday afternoon that Zaleski had stolen her purse — had been staying in the home overnight. But when the girlfriend left, the homeowner asked Zaleski to leave. Zaleski then threw the rock, breaking the window.
At 5:07 p.m. Tuesday kids were reported playing near cars at Riverdale Park. Police spoke to the parents of the children, and told them to keep the kids clear of the vehicles.
A dead seal was reported on Long Beach at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday. Animal control removed it.
An Essex woman told police at 8:04 p.m. Tuesday that someone had loosened the lug nuts on her car while she was at work at Gloucester Crossing. Police are investigating.
Stephanie Bergman can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.