A 28-year-old Gloucester man, whose license had been suspended for driving under the influence of liquor, is facing a series of new charges after city police arrested him following a traffic stop early Thursday morning.
William J. Papp III, of 30 Jebeka Lane, was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence of liquor, a single count of driving while on a OUI suspension, and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, after he was pulled over for a stop on Brightside Avenue.
The stop came after police, who were aware of Papp's license suspension and prior OUI case, had observed his commercial vehicle parked in a lot off Main Street, then later in a parking area off Bass Avenue, according to officer Robert Morrissey's report. Morrissey then followed the driver, later confirmed to be Papp, as he left that parking area and turned onto Brightside Avenue.
According to the report, Morrissey and Sgt. Christopher Frates, who also responded to the scene, noted the smell of marijuana emanated from the vehicle during the traffic stop.
Police also observed that Papp exhibited signs of intoxication — glassy eyes and slurred speech — when he asked why police were stopping him. In addition, officers found a bottle of liquor and a clear bag containing marijuana inside the vehicle.
In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:
Thursday, Nov. 8
7:23 a.m.: Police conducted a property check at O'Maley Innovation Middle School, but found the building and grounds to be secure.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
7:16 p.m.: Officers assisted at the scene of a vehicle being repossessed on Mystic Avenue.
6:36 p.m.: Police also assisted in removing two large trash barrels that had apparently fallen from a truck and were impeding traffic in the travel lanes of Route 128 southbound.
1:37 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a "school problem" at O'Maley Innovation Middle School, but no further information was available as of Thursday afternoon.
9:37 a.m.: A resident who admitted to police he had left his car doors unlocked with the keys in the ignition told officers he awoke to find the car apparently stolen from his driveway on Beach Road. Police are investigating.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
2:58 p.m.: A driver on Main Street received a verbal warning for a broken taillight.
12:04 a.m.: A woman on Main Street reported a man yelling at himself near her house. Officers spoke with the man who said he was frustrated while trying to call a taxi. The taxi later arrived and picked him up. No further action was taken.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
9:06 p.m.: Medical emergency on Quarry Ridge Lane. The person received ambulance transport to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
5:37 p.m.: A driver on Squam Hill Road received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation.
12:40 p.m.: Officers assisted a home health aide get inside her client's house on Main Street.
7:32 a.m.: A driver on the corner of Jerdens Lane and Summer Street received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Warnings: A motorist was issued a verbal warning for speeding and having defective equipment following a motor vehicle stop at 6:20 p.m., while another driver was issued a verbal warning for speeding at 5:48 p.m. Both warnings came after traffic stops on Pine Street.
9:09 a.m: Police responded to an alarm activation on Brookwood Road, but the alarm proved to have been set off by the homeowner.
4:48 a.m.: A fire alarm activation on Bridge Street also drew a police response, but the alarm proved to have been set off by steam from a shower.