A Connecticut driver is facing multiple charges after his car crashed into and knocked over a tree early Saturday morning on Main Street.

Police say Keith Deteau, 46, of 150 Harrisville Road in Woodstock, Connecticut, urged them to send him to the "drunk tank" rather than face arrest and then registered a breath-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal driving limit at the station.

Deteau was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, failing to stay with marked lanes and disorderly conduct in the aftermath of the 2:09 a.m. crash, which occurred on Main Street at Manuel F. Lewis Street. Deteau also faces charges of vandalizing property and was arrested on a prior default warrant from court.

Police responded to a call reporting a crash and came upon  a tree that had been knocked onto its side and a vehicle that turned out to be driven by Deteau in the center of the Main Street Plaza parking lot, according to Officer Alexander Aiello's police report.

Aiello said he saw the car driven by Deteau accelerate and attempt to leave the lot, only to strike a curb on the Rogers Street side and come to a stop.

Deteau, Aiello wrote, emanated a strong smell of alcohol and admitted that he had had "a few" drinks, then failed a series of field sobriety tests. As Aiello kept asking questions of the motorist, Deteau requested that he go to the "drunk tank," and then became frustrated and began ignoring the officer's questions about injuries and other issues.  He was was not hurt.

Once taken to the station, police say Deteau began threatening them and registered a breath-alcohol content of .22, well beyond the legal limit of .08. Deteau is also accused of damaging a telephone at the police booking desk, leading to the charge of vandalizing property.

— Ray Lamont

In other news news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

GLOUCESTER

Monday, Feb. 11

7:58 a.m.: A caller reported an earlier assault on Burnham Street. After investigating, police say an arrest is pending.

1:32 a.m.: A caller reported an unwelcome guest who was attempting to stay the night in the lobby at the Beauport Gloucester Hotel on Commercial Street. Police restored the peace.

Sunday, Feb. 10

7:11 p.m.: Melissa Hinckley, 26, of 13 1/2 Cleveland St., Apt. 2B, is facing charges of leaving the scene of a property damage crash and operating on a suspended license after the vehicle she was driving was involved in a crash on Prospect Street. Hinckley told police a friend was driving at the time. Her car was some 200 feet parked down the street from the scene where another car had been hit, and police found the vehicle had struck the other vehicle. Hinckley was treated at the scene by and transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital by the Fire Department's ambulance squad for further treatment and observation. Both vehicles had to be towed.

10:29 p.m.: Francis P. Diodati III, 59, of 37 Concord St., was charged with driving while drunk and a marked lanes violation after police followed up a on a call for an erratic operator heading from Rockport toward Gloucester. Diodati was pulled over for a traffic stop  on Washington Street just prior to Grant Circle.

8:27 p.m.: Officers dispersed a group after responding to a call reporting a disturbance by the Dun Fudgin boat ramp adjacent to Gloucester High School at Emerson Avenue.

7:34 p.m.: A caller sought a well-being check on a person at the West  Gloucester MBTA commuter rail station. Officers could not locate the person.

Saturday

6:58 p.m.: Brandon Rivera, 19, of 81 Western Ave., Apt. 2, and Tyler Weeks, 18, of 50 Perkins St., are facing charges of being under the age of 21 and in possession of alcohol after police responded to a call reporting that someone was trying to break into a motor vehicle parked at Railroad Avenue and Pearl Street. Police found several bottles of beer and nip bottles in a backpack belonging to the teens. Weeks was also charged on a default warrant for failing to appear on a prior charge in Gloucester District Court.

5:03 p.m.: A hypodermic needle found along Sargent Street was retrieved and disposed of safely.

1:12 p.m.: Kevin M. Collins, 52, of 125 Maplewood Ave., Apt. 3, is facing a subsequent offense of operating in a suspended license after he was pulled over for a motor vehicle stop at Maplewood Avenue and Grove Street.

1:04 p.m.: Mary E. Pereira, 54, of 29 Langsford St., is facing charges of operating an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle and operating without a valid inspection sticker after police responded to assist her with a disabled motor vehicle at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Barn Lane. Her car was towed.

11:11 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at Veterans Memorial School. Officers found the building and grounds to be secure.

Friday, Feb. 8

7:23 p.m.: Jessica Maurais, 30, listed as being homeless from Beverly, was charged with driving while drunk, driving with an open container of alcohol in her vehicle and three counts of assault and battery on police officers after police found her passed out over the wheel in her car parked in the center of Washington Street heading toward Lanesville from  Grant Circle. Police, who were alerted to the "erratic driver," according to Officer Mark Foote's report, found a number of cars backed up behind Maurais, with several people outside their vehicles. Police say, once taken to the  station, she  fought with and, at one point, bit an officer during her booking.  

ROCKPORT

Sunday, Feb. 10

6:54 p.m.: Report of a residential smoke alarm on Granite Street. The Fire Department was dispatched and did not find any smoke or fire. It is unknown why the alarm sounded.

6:12 p.m.: A driver on Parker Street received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation. 

11:32 a.m.: Report of a verbal altercation between a diver and a resident on Back Beach. The matter is under investigation.

5:12 a.m.: A driver on Granite Street received a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation.

12:38 a.m.: An MBTA employee called to report two drunk and unruly male passengers at Station Square. The two men were reportedly cooperative with officers on the scene and later left in a taxi.

Saturday, Feb. 9

10:16 p.m.: A driver on the corner of Granite and Beach streets received a verbal warning for having an expired inspection sticker and not carrying a license. 

10:11 p.m.: Report of an erratic driver on the corner of Granite Street and Quarry Road. Gloucester Police later located the car. No further information was available.

9:11 p.m.: A driver on Squam Road received a verbal warning for having a broken headlight.

8:24 p.m.: A driver on Dock Square received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation. 

7:10 p.m.: Report of a commercial burglary alarm at Whistlestop Mall. According to police, the alarm was triggered at the front entrance. Officers found everything in order.

2:26 p.m.: Report of a power outage on Main Street. National Grid was notified.

1:28 p.m.: Medical emergency on Stockholm Avenue. The person refused ambulance services.

10:36 a.m.: A driver on Granite Street received a verbal warning for having an expired inspection sticker.

10:27 a.m.: A resident on Curtis Street wished to have his water shut off temporarily. According to him, a pipe burst in his house. Public Works was notified.

7:21 a.m.: A driver on Main Street received a verbal warning for speeding. 

1:28 a.m.: A driver on Main Street received a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation. 

1:02 a.m.: A driver on Main Street received a verbal warning for an equipment violation. 

Friday, Feb. 8

10:18 p.m.: Medical emergency on Clark Avenue. The person received ambulance transport to Addison Gilbert Hospital.

5 p.m.: A Old Garden Road resident notified police about "foreign material" on her lawn. According to police, it was found by her brother as she was out of town at the time. Officers discovered the "foreign material" was a rotten vegetable, possibly a squash. No further action was taken.

2:50 p.m.: A driver on the corner of Granite and Curtis streets received a written warning for having an expired inspection sticker.

2:10 p.m.: A driver on South Street received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation. 

11:45 a.m.: Medical emergency on Wallace Road. The person was transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital by Beauport Ambulance Services.

ESSEX

Monday, Feb. 11

6:15 a.m.: A motorist was issued a citation for speeding during a traffic stop on Lufkin Street.

Sunday, Feb. 10

8:24 p.m.: A disabled vehicle, its hood up, was reported in the lot of a Western Avenue business. The driver was waiting for his wife to come with another car so the couple could jump. The officer stayed until the car was started.

6:37 p.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for a crosswalk violation during a traffic stop on Eastern Avenue.

5:57 p.m.: A caller reported a dog wandering in the middle of DeSoto Road. The pet was picked up. Shortly, the owner came into the station to report his pet was missing. They were reunited.

4:06 p.m.: A patrolman came across tow truck idling for about half hour in Main Street business lot. The driver had gone antiquing.

12:31 p.m.: A driver was given a verbal warning for an expired registration because he was able to renew online during a traffic stop on Main Street.

Lead foots: Two drivers were given verbal warnings for speeding, one on John Wise Avenue at 6:46 a.m. and the other on Southern Avenue at 11:28 a.m.

1:01 a.m.: A patrolman came across a suspicious vehicle parked with its lights on at Clammers Beach. The odor of marijuana was coming from the car. The driver showed no signs of impairment but was cited for having an open container of pot in the car, which carries a $500 fine.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Lead foots: Two drivers were given verbal warnings for speeding, one on Southern Avenue at 4:28 p.m. and the other on Eastern Avenue at 8:39 p.m.

8:12 p.m.: A motorist received a written warning for a crosswalk violation during a traffic stop on Main Street.

8:07 p.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for defective equipment, a side light, during a traffic stop on Western Avenue.

12:32 p.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for impeded operation — talking on the phone — during a traffic stop on Southern Avenue.

12:02 p.m.: Police and firefighters responded to what turned out to be a false alarm on Turtleback Road.

11:08 a.m.: An officer spoke to two parties and advised them that their dispute was a civil matter.

8:40 a.m.: Police and the rescue squad responded to a medical aid call on Apple Street. A patient was transported to Beverly Hospital and the wood stove was checked to make sure the fire was out.

6:48 a.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for traveling too closely during a traffic stop on John Wise Avenue.

Friday, Feb. 8

8:09 p.m.: Police and the rescue squad responded to a medical aid call on Choate Street. The patient refused transport to a hospital.

4:45 p.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for speeding during a traffic stop on Southern Avenue.

2:17 p.m.: A motorist received a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation after no impairment was found during a traffic stop on Southern Avenue.

MANCHESTER

Sunday, Feb. 10

Verbal warnings were issued to a driver on Summer Street for speeding at 4:22 p.m., a motorist in the southbound lanes of Route 128 for driving with defective equipment at 9:04 p.m., and a driver in the northbound lanes of Route 128  for speeding and making an unsafe lane change at 9:13 p.m.

4:44 p.m.: Kristalyn Burns, of 705 Sandy Bay Terrace in Rockport,  was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and driving on a revoked registration after she was pulled over for a traffic stop on Summer Street.

8:35 a.m.: Police are investigating a case of vandalism and property damage after fielding a call reporting that someone scrawled graffiti on the rocks off Beach Street.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Verbal warnings: A driver on School Street was was issued verbal warnings for speeding at 10:23 p.m.; a driver on Moses Hill road was issued a verbal warning for a stop sign violation at 9:37; a driver on  School Street was warned for a license plate violation at 7:56 p.m.; a motorist on Bridge Street was issued a verbal warnings for speeding at 4:33 p.m. and a driver along southbound Route 128 was issued a verbal warning for speeding at 1:32 p.m.

1:39 p.m.: A caller requested a well-being check for a person on Beach Street due to mail piling up at the door. Officers found all to be in order.

10:52 a.m.: A driver along Route 128 southbound was issued a citation for speeding.

1:17 a.m.: No injuries were reported and no charges were filed following what police described as a minor crash on School Street.

Friday, Feb. 8

9:54 p.m.: Police and the Fire Department's ambulance squad responded to a call reporting a motorist having a panic attack while driving. The patient declined any hospital transport.

5:14 p.m.: No injuries were reported but one vehicle had to be towed following a two-car crash on Summer Street at Hickory Hill Road.