By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — A man who admitted he’d been drinking before he parked his vehicle on the sidewalk in front of a Boston Street liquor store had a close call on Tuesday night when Chief Paul Tucker followed him home to his residence.
Police received a 7:28 p.m. report from a man who said he was nearly struck by a green Nissan Xterra as it parked on a sidewalk outside Arge’s Liquors at 18 Boston St., according to the incident log. He and the driver “exchanged words,” and then the man called police.
Tucker happened to be in his unmarked car in the area at the time the call went out over the radio, Lt. Scott Englehardt said. Tucker located the vehicle, watched it go through the nearby Walgreens parking lot and onto Proctor Street, and then followed it to 12 Pope St., where other units were dispatched after the vehicle’s plates were run.
Police made contact with the man and advised him what they were doing there. The man acknowledged that he had exchanged words with somebody outside the liquor store, but said it was because a vehicle wouldn’t pull forward to allow him to park.
Police asked the man if he’d had any alcohol and he admitted to having three beers over the course of four hours. He said he had also eaten dinner during that time period. The man consented to field sobriety tests and passed them.
The man was advised not to park on the sidewalk again.