, Salem, MA

January 18, 2013

Off-roading at park leads to arrests

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say two men were arrested Wednesday evening after they took their Subaru off-roading in Gallows Hill Park and got the vehicle stuck in snow and mud.

Joseph Eddy, 20, of 354 Broadway Lane, Lynn, was charged with trespassing with intent to damage trees and operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, and Michael Pearl, also 20, of 21 Bertuccio Ave., Salem, was charged with trespassing with intent to damage trees.

Police responded to the park around 6 p.m. after a report of a motor vehicle stuck in the woods near the water tank and found Eddy’s red 1998 Subaru Forester on a hillside “in an area that is not designed for motor vehicle operation,” police wrote in the log.

Police said Eddy identified himself as the driver of the vehicle, and Pearl said he was the passenger. Both acknowledged that they had been going on an off-road drive, according to police.

The vehicle sustained “major damage” during the incident, including dents, scratches and undercarriage damage.

An officer said the car was towed out of the park yesterday.