Wakefield Police Log for Monday, June 18, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Wakefield Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Featured item: Mark Hatch, 50, of Cedar Street, was arrested and charged with carrying an open container after he reportedly urinated in a bush on Lincoln Street.
Wakefield Police responded to the area of Lincoln Street and Main Street at 1:25 p.m. after receiving a report of a shirtless man urinating on the front of the Sign Shop. Upon arrival, the responding officer said he saw Hatch and observed a nearly empty 40-ounce bottle of beer next to him. The officer asked Hatch if he had urinated in the bushes, and Hatch replied “I really had to go,” according to the report.
He was placed under arrest for violating the Town of Wakefield’s open container by-law.
9:37 p.m. – A Wilmington man was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after an officer received reports that he had been driving erratically.
Michael Santangelo, 44, of Wilmington, was located on Water Street near Cyrus Road stopped in the middle of an intersection despite there being a green light. About 30 seconds into the green light, Santangelo began driving at about 5 mph, and the officer pulled him over shortly afterwards. The officer had a brief conversation with Santangelo, who was slurring his words, had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol. Santangelo failed a series of field sobriety tests, and was subsequently arrested and charged with drunk driving.
6:19 p.m. – Police responded to a 911 call on Woodbriar Road reporting that a car had rolled into their front yard. The vehicle was unoccupied and had its emergency break engaged, but somehow it began rolling down the street anyway and rolled into some bushes. The car suffered minor front-end damage but nobody was injured.
5:43 p.m. – A caller on Lafayette Street reported that a group of youths had gathered on church grounds and had been disrespectful when asked to leave. Officers responded to the scene and dispersed the group.
10:45 p.m. – Officers responded to a hit and run incident on Cedar Street. Upon arrival, the driver who initially took off returned to the scene and paperwork was exchanged.
About this column: A complete list of the arrests made, summons issued and a selective list of incidents the Wakefield Police Department responded to over the last few days. Note: Arrest booking photos are public record and may be published.