ESSEX — A Forest Avenue man was arrested Friday night following an incident that started on Western Avenue and ended outside the Martin Street police station Saturday morning.
Timothy Hunt, 58, of 27 Forest Ave. faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop, simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, operating to endanger, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident and a civil charge of defective vehicle equipment.
Police first received a report that a woman walking down Western Avenue was being followed by a vehicle. Police then tried to pull the car over, but the driver, whom police say was Hunt, continued and hit the vehicle of the person who called police, Sgt. Paul Francis said.
At one point, Hunt also grabbed the woman walker, resulting in the assault and battery charges, police said.
Francis said the pursuit and arrest took several hours, and Hunt was finally detained with pepper spray after resisting arrest. He was transported to Middleton Jail to await court proceedings.
Nobody else involved in the incident was transported to an area hospital or needed immediate medical attention.
In other news from Police and Fire department logs:
On Friday, a motorist was said to be doing doughnuts in the Centennial Grove gravel parking area. Responding police said five juveniles were spoken to and their parents were notified; some aspects of the incident remain under investigation.
Vandalism was noticed in Conomo Point. A boat trailer wheel was broken and a screen damaged Saturday just past 2 p.m.
A Main Street man reported that someone had tried to break into his house overnight Saturday just past 2 p.m.
A burglar alarm from a Main Street business sounded Saturday at 2:48 p.m. Police found an open door, but everything was secure.
Firefighters and police officers were called to a Martin Street residence at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a residential fence was on fire. Police said the fire was extinguished by Essex residents.
Around noon Saturday, a man was taken from ClamFest at Memorial Field to Beverly Hospital for medical treatment.
Police also addressed a group of people in vehicles creating a disturbance at ClamFest. Peace was restored and no charges were filed.
A possibly impaired driver was reported Saturday. The driver was tracked down on Martin Street at 6:17 p.m.; police said the driver was not impaired.
Sunday, just past midnight, police responded to a Lanes Road residence and asked residents to lower the volume of some loud music.
Police diffused a verbal domestic argument Sunday at 11:17 p.m., a man agreed to leave the Southern Avenue residence.
James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000 x 3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.