Published in the March 28, 2016 edition.
WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Police assisted Reading Police with blocking Hillside Road in Reading at around noon on Sunday in connection with a possible armed suspect. A 30-year-old Reading man was being sought by Reading Police on charges of kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges.
Early this morning, Reading Police reported that they were able to apprehend the suspect, identified as Brian English of Reading, after he crashed the SUV he was driving into a pole on Route 129.
Reading Police were expected to release more information later today on the charges and the pursuit that led to the arrest of English .
Several motor vehicle accidents punctuated an otherwise relatively quiet Easter weekend in Wakefield for public safety departments.
No citations were issued in what was reported to be a hit and run collision at Salem Street and Montrose Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The driver of a 2005 Dodge, a 51-year-old Wakefield man, said he was driving east on Salem Street when he observed an oncoming 2003 Ford swerve into his lane. He said that despite his efforts to avoid the Ford, the vehicles collided.
The Ford left the scene and was located a short time later on Chestnut Street, police said. The driver, a 20-year-old Stoneham man, told police that he became scared after the accident but was returning to the scene to exchange papers.
A 67-year-old Wakefield woman declined to be taken to the hospital after she drove her 2012 Subaru into a tree on Chapman Road at about 8:45 p.m. on Friday. The woman told responding police and firefighters that she was driving very slowly and momentarily took her eyes off the road before hitting the tree. Firefighters swept up debris in the roadway and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
A 67-year-old Stoneham man was taken to Lahey Medical Center in Burlington after a two-car accident near Prospect and Brook streets at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Police said that the 1998 Honda driven by the Stoneham man was heading east on Prospect Street and was in the process of making a right turn onto High Street when a 2014 Ford driven by an 18-year-old Stoneham woman rear-ended the Honda. The Fire Department also responded and said that the 18-year-old refused transport to the hospital. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, police said, and had to be towed from the scene.
In other business over the weekend:
Police took a 47-year-old Scituate man into protective custody at about 9:30 p.m. Friday after he reportedly became angry when the Bateman Court resident he was visiting told him that he was too intoxicated to drive home. When police arrived, they said that the visitor would not cooperate or respond to their questions. He was observed to be unsteady on his feet and was placed in protective custody by police. The man was released to his sister about an hour later, police said.
At about 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, a caller reported an approximately 45-year-old intoxicated man wearing a tan hoodie talking to children from a dance studio on Princess Street. Police were unable to locate the man.
At about 8 a.m. on Sunday, a Bennett Street resident reported possible vandalism to a motor vehicle the night before. The resident’s car was parked on the street and sustained damage to a side mirror. The resident reported hearing a loud bang the night before but was not able to provide further information.
Police responded to 398 Main St. after receiving a report of a drunk and out-of-control resident of the rooming house. Police were able to restore order.
A caller reported three juveniles entering the vacant Winship home on Mansion Road at about 7:20 p.m. on Sunday.
The Fire Department responded to 28 calls over the weekend, 16 of which were for medical aid. Other calls included several accidental and malfunctioning fire alarms.