While there were no party house noise/nuisance arrests for the second weekend in a row, the pervasive impact of the party culture was still felt in the scary form of irresponsible individuals piloting a potentially deadly weapon while under the influence of alcohol.
Over the weekend APD arrested four drunk drivers, two of them in the heart of the downtown. While I keep saying it only takes one to slaughter an innocent family, pedestrian or cyclist, what number gets your attention? How many near misses did each of these four have prior to the long arm of the law reeling them in?
Because every drunk driver bagged, had been driving for a while. Take this guy for instance: Cruising through the center of town at 1:00 AM early Saturday morning with his high beams on and two flat tires. Yeah, that will get you noticed. He was heading north on North Pleasant and took a left onto Hallock Street, where he was safely pulled over, administered a Field Sobriety Test, which he failed.
North Pleasant Hallock Street intersection
Shane Bowen, 5 Eastern Ave, Northampton, Ma, age 21. DUI, operating to endanger, failure to use care in turning.
Sunday was the most dangerous day to have been on our roads as the other three arrests all occurred in the early morning hours.
At 2:26 AM in the main intersection of town center Christopher Phann, 14 Robinson St, Lowell, MA, age 20 ran a red light and was arrested on Main Street for DUI.
At 2:49 AM on Meadow Street in North Amherst Joshua Quinn, 12 Fairmont St, Elmsford, NY, age 19 was arrested for DUI, speeding, under 21 possession of alcohol, open container, alcohol in vehicle.
At 5:44 AM on South East Street Michelle Buonasaro, 20 Robinwood, Norwood, MA, age 22 was arrested for DUI and failure to stop.