WPDbadge-webWAKEFIELD — Police said a 25-year-old Winthrop man will be summonsed to court after he crashed into a light pole early Saturday morning and caused significant damage to a home on Lowell Street.

Patrol Officer Matthew Chambers responded to the scene at about 3 a.m. Saturday and discovered that the man had been traveling west on Lowell Street in a 2015 Hyundai when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, struck curbing at the side of the roadway and crashed into a light pole and home at 459 Lowell St. near Penfield Circle.

The crash caused the foundation of the home to crack and a portion of the home had to be boarded up.

Police called for an ambulance and EMTs from Action Ambulance arrived minutes later and took the man to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the crash.

The man now will face a charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He was also cited for a marked lanes violation and speeding.

The Fire Department also responded. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified about the struck pole.

Building Inspector Jack Roberto will be contacted to check property at 459 Lowell St.


Police said they also plan to summons a 26-year-old Saugus woman to court on a charge of leaving the scene of property damage following a collision at the intersection of Prospect and Brook streets at 4:10 Friday.

The woman was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus and reportedly collided with the driver of a 2014 Toyota RAV4 at the Prospect and Brook streets intersection. Minor damage was noted on the driver’s side of the Toyota.


An Arundel Avenue resident called police after a man came to his door requesting that documents be signed for a reverse mortgage. The resident was unfamiliar with such a request and called police at about 4:15 p.m.

The man seeking information apparently had no identification with him. He was believed to be driving an older model Volvo with a Connecticut license plate.

Police are asking residents to be on guard and to not give out any personal information to strangers.

An investigation into the matter is underway.


In other police business over the weekend, beginning Friday:

• A collision at the intersection of Main and Church streets took place at about 8:30 a.m.

• A credit card was turned in at the police station for safekeeping at about 2:10 p.m.

• A two-car collision at the intersection of Chestnut and Emerson streets was reported at about 4:50 p.m. A citation was issued to one of the drivers and one person was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for treatment. Further details were not available. The Fire Department also responded.

• Police notified the Department of Public Works about a large sinkhole in the middle of the roadway on Orsini Drive. The incident was reported at about 5:15 p.m. A similar report was called in to the DPW about a collapsing storm drain at the intersection of Mansion Road and Winship Drive just after 9:30 p.m.

• Police responded to a report about extremely loud music on Winship Drive at about 7 p.m. The homeowner agreed to turn down the volume.

• Police sent a group of youths on their way from a Main Street parking lot where they were spotted playing football at about 8:30 p.m.


On Saturday:

• A collision at the intersection of Water and Main streets was reported at 11:40 a.m. A citation was issued to one driver. The Fire Department also responded.


On Sunday:

• A man found sleeping in a doorway on Albion Street was sent on his way at about 7:30 a.m.

• Police were dispatched to a store on Lowell Street and spoke to a man who said he woke up on a porch and did not know where he was. The incident was logged just before 8 a.m.

• A fence post on North Emerson Street was struck during a collision. The accident took place at about 2:45 p.m. Papers were exchanged.

• A two-car collision was reported on Water Street at about 4 p.m. Both vehicles were towed. The Fire Department also responded.

• Police assisted an Elm Square resident who reported a past larceny. The incident was logged at 6:25 p.m.


The Fire Department answered 44 calls over the weekend, 22 for medical aid.

On Friday, a crew went to 46 Wiley St. at 2 p.m. for a carbon monoxide detector malfunction, 6 Strathmore Rd. at 4 p.m. for a car lockout and the town of Saugus while firefighters were putting out a fire at 47 Fairmount Ave. in that town. Wakefield firefighters returned to headquarters at about 5 p.m.

Firefighters on Friday also went to Maple Way Playground at 6 p.m. for a strong odor of smoke and 170 Broadway at 7:15 p.m. for illegal burning.

On Saturday, a crew went to 45 Crescent St. at 12:30 a.m. for an odor of smoke, 5 Common St. at 9:15 a.m. for a fire alarm system malfunction, 225 North Ave. at 11:15 a.m. for an electrical problem in an oven, 190 Broadway and 9 Butternut Rd. at noon and 2:40 p.m. for fire alarm system malfunctions, 18 Highland St. at 7 p.m. for a burst water pipe in an apartment, 26 Crescent St. at 7:15 p.m. for a mulch fire and 21 Tobey Lane at 11 p.m. for a fire alarm system malfunction.

On Sunday, firefighters went to 39 Outlook Rd. at 10:50 a.m. for a carbon monoxide detector malfunction and 222 Salem St. at 1 p.m. for a fire alarm set off by burned food.