Police Log: Man Hits Delivery Van, Faces OUI Charge; Firefighters Douse 3 Fires

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Jan. 15, 7:49 p.m.: An officer ran a routine query on the plate of a vehicle on Mt. Auburn Street near Watertown Square and discovered the owner had a suspended license. The vehicle was pulled over and the officer confirmed that the driver was the owner. The driver said he had gone to classes to restore his license, but the officer found the status of license remained suspended. The 35-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the charge of driving with a suspended license.

Jan. 20, 6:40 p.m.: A woman was spotted walking around Target and taking items off the shelf and attempted to return the items. She had a coffee grinder and cookware worth $107.98. Later she was seen putting items into paper bags in her shopping carriage and tried to exit without paying. Security stopped her and recovered $263.65 in items. Police were called and they discovered the woman also had a warrant for her arrest. The 26-year-old Brighton woman was arrested on charges of larceny over $250, larceny under $250 and a warrant from Brighton District Court for shoplifting.

Jan. 21, 12:02 a.m.: An officer patrolling on Mt. Auburn Street pulled over a vehicle and discovered that the driver had a suspended license. The 31-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

Jan. 21, 4:11 p.m.: An Amazon deliver van stopped on Mt. Auburn Street near Keenan Street to make a delivery when the van was struck by another vehicle. When the delivery driver spoke to the driver of the other vehicle he said the driver seemed “out of sorts,” his breath smelled of alcohol, and he was slurring his words. The Amazon driver contacted police, who located the vehicle in front of a Keenan Street home with moderate damage consistent with the accident. When speaking with officers, the driver slurred his words and refused to take field sobriety tests. The 39-year-old man from Jaffrey N.H., was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.


Jan 16, 4:54 p.m.: The driver of a Honda sedan pulled over on Maple Street when smoke and flames began coming from the car’s engine. The Watertown Fire Department responded and put out the fire. The woman had been driving on Nonantum Road and she hit a pot hole. A short time later the car caught fire. There were no injuries.

Jan. 16, 3:59 p.m.: A woman went into to Target and took some nicotine gum and a beverage and attempted to return the items using a receipt from another Target location. The items were worth a total of $61. The woman was stopped and police were called. The 28-year-0ld Watertown woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court on a charge of retail receipt/price tag fraud. She was trespassed from the store.

Jan. 17, 1:27 p.m.: Target security spotted a woman take workout clothing and concealing them. They were worth $160. The woman was stopped and she apologized for taking the items. The 27-year-old Watertown woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting over $100.

Jan. 19, 6:17 p.m.: A man walked around Target and took a cellphone charger worth $37, concealed it and attempted to leave without paying. The 50-year-old Boston man was stopped by security and police were called. He was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting under $100 and he was trespassed from Target.

Jan. 20, 7:11 a.m.: A small fire started in a barrel in the trash room at a building on Waverley Avenue. The smoke from the fire set off the sprinklers, which put out the flames. The Fire Department investigated and found that the water from the sprinklers caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

Jan. 20, 12:39 p.m.: A California Street resident was trying to get the stain out of a wood floor using hydrogen peroxide. The area was near a radiator and the fumes from the chemical ignited and started a fire on the floor. The Watertown Fire Department was called and put out the flames. The blaze cause and estimated $500 in damage.

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