By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a man who was reluctant to provide his license after a minor accident on Loring Avenue ended up being arrested on a slew of charges, including drunken driving and drug possession.
Steven D. Paris, 38, of 6 Orne Square, Salem, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, second offense; operating a motor vehicle after license suspension; two counts of illegal possession of a Class B substance; possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute; three counts of possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute; and receiving stolen property under $250.
Officers were dispatched to 72 Loring Ave. at 12:49 a.m. yesterday after a report that a man was being “evasive when asked for his information.” The man who called police, identified as Matthew Griffin, 25, of Salem, said he had been stopped at a red light in his Chevrolet sedan when the BMW in front of him suddenly backed into him.
Griffin said the other driver, identified as Paris, had agreed to meet up in the nearby parking lot of Tedeschi following the accident, but that he subsequently refused to provide his license, saying, “I’ll give you my number, just text me your info.”
An officer who approached Paris noted that his speech was slurred and he was having a difficult time maintaining his balance, according to the log. Police say Paris was found to be in possession of cocaine, as well as the prescription medications Suboxone, Xanax, Opana and gabapentin.