WAKEFIELD — Over the weekend, police responded to calls about tax fraud, erratic drivers and multiple car accidents.
One accident Friday night involved a downed Verizon utility pole on Forest Street in Greenwood and sprawled wires, some live, hanging from the pole created a hazardous condition for police officers when they tried to access the driver of a silver mini van.
A call about the accident was logged just after 8 p.m., and when Patrol Officers Joseph Lyons, David Morales and Russell Carmen responded, they found a tangle of wires, the utility pole on the ground and heavy front end damage to the silver mini van. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The driver, Tony L. Parker, 42, 143 Parker Rd. was allegedly belligerent and unsteady on his feet when they helped him from the vehicle, said police. He suffered non-lifethreatening injuries during the crash.
Parker was allegedly uncooperative with police and his speech was slurred, which led to his arrest. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He also was cited for a marked lanes violation and speeding.
Parker was taken to a hospital for treatment and was later released.
He was arraigned today in Malden District Court.
On Friday, police spoke to an Aborn Avenue resident about a letter he received from the Internal Revenue Service. Following submission of tax forms, the man and his wife got a letter from the IRS stating their taxes had already been filed.
Police are now looking into the matter, reported at about 9 a.m.
Following a report about an erratic driver on Old Nahant Road driving on the wrong side of the road, Patrol Officer Cliff Perry went to the area and located Peter E. Lewis, 60, 27 Oak St. driving a maroon Subaru.
Perry stopped Lewis at the intersection of Green Street and Shady Avenue at about 1 a.m. Saturday and arrested him for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense).
Lewis was arraigned today in Malden District Court.
In other police business, beginning Friday:
• A fraudulent incident involving a check was reported by a Walton Lane resident at about 11:45 a.m.
• A collision on Farm Street was reported at about 2:20 p.m. Injuries were not reported.
• A Woodbury Road resident reported harassment by text message and phone calls at 5:45 p.m. Police are looking into the complaint.
• Wires were reported down on Washington Avenue just after 6 p.m. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified.
• A Garden Lane resident reported a disturbance by the driver of a pick-up truck who was driving up and down the street in a loud manner. Police resolved the matter, reported at about 9:15 p.m.
• A disturbance at a store on Main Street was reported just after 1:30 a.m. Police sent a man on his way.
• A disturbance on Water Street was reported at about 4:20 p.m. A caller told police two men and a woman were yelling at one another. Police sent the people on their way.
• A collision at the Rte. 129 rotary was reported at 6:50 p.m. Police said there were no injuries. Papers were exchanged. The Fire Department also responded.
• Police received a complaint about youths going into an abandoned property on Mansion Road at about 9:30 p.m. The youths apparently left upon the arrival of police.
• A caller reported suspicious activity after observing the driver of a silver Chevrolet Tahoe chasing a man on foot around a parking lot on Salem Street. The driver then left and headed toward Lowell Street. Police sent both individuals on their way just after 4 a.m.
• A disturbance on Kendrick Road was reported at about 6 a.m. involving a car’s loud engine while it was running.
• A Vernon Street resident called police at about 8 a.m. to report that someone had used his credit card in a fraudulent manner to purchase gas. The first amount charged was $22, the second $50. Police are looking into the matter.
• A Main Street resident reported that he was being harassed by a neighbor on a daily basis while taking out his trash. The incident was logged at about 1:25 p.m.
• Two collisions were reported just after 4:30 p.m. and at about 8 p.m. The first accident was at the Rte. 129 rotary. One citation was issued. The second took place at the intersection of Water and Valley streets. Two vehicles were towed. A citation was issued. The Fire Department responded to both accident scenes. One passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment.
• A collision at about 8:45 p.m. took place on Main Street. A citation was issued. Another accident on Bay State Road was reported at about 8:45 p.m. Details were not available.