You drink, you drive, you lose
These days when almost everybody -- including grandparents -- have a smart phone, the police rather routinely get tips about "erratic drivers".
Many of them do not pan out, but APD reacts to them the same way AFD reacts to a "still alarm" (automated alarm, usually false): as though it were the real thing.
But when a call comes in from a neighboring police department regarding an erratic driver that is the equivalent of an AFD "box alarm," where the majority of the time it's the real deal.
On Sunday night from the time Dispatch informed a patrol officer of a report of an erratic driver coming from Belchertown into Amherst via their police department it took less than ten minutes for three patrols cars to corral a BMW erratically piloted by Charles Peters, age 21.
Charles Peters, 21, before Judge Payne Monday morning (case continued 12/2)
UMass Police also took a potential killer off the road for Driving Under the Influence and with an "open container" of alcohol in the vehicle with him (although the clever boy had it disguised in a water bottle.
Kenneth Sullivan, age 19, before Judge Payne Monday morning. (case continued to 12/15)
UPDATE (before I even publish the original):
Ann Whalen Apartment, Kellogg Avenue 10:20 a.m.
AFD responded to Ann Whalen Apartments in town center for what originally went out as a "still alarm" called in by the alarm company, but then quickly became a "box alarm" when smoke was observed coming out a 3rd floor window.
Engines 1 & 2 on scene immediately. Engine 3 told to "stand down"
Fortunately it was nothing major (pot left on stove). Very fortunate.
Assistant Chief Stromgren requesting driver not run over hose