, Salem, MA

April 3, 2013

Needle report leads to accident arrest

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — A report that someone was using a hypodermic needle in a vehicle outside Walmart on Highland Avenue yesterday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a woman wanted for leaving the scene of an accident earlier in the day, police said.

Amy Jackson, 28, of 2 Pierce Ave., Salem, was arrested on charges of operating without a license, leaving the scene of property damage and failure to use care in stopping, according to the incident log. No drugs or paraphernalia were found during her arrest.

The accident occurred around noon when Brian Johnston, 23, was trying to make a left turn onto Arthur Street from Jefferson Avenue in his 2013 Ford Focus and was struck from behind by a 2003 Lincoln Aviator.

When police showed up, the driver of the Aviator — identified as Jackson — had already left the scene, but she had left information about her mother, who owned the vehicle.

The Focus sustained damage to the bumper, lights and trunk area. The Aviator sustained damage to its front end. The driver of the Focus provided iPhone photos of the damage to police.

No injuries were reported.

About an hour and a half later, police received a report that a woman had been seen by store employees using a hypodermic needle on her arm in the Walmart parking lot. When the woman saw the employees, she drove out of the lot and onto Highland Avenue, according to the report.

The same officer who had responded to the accident heard the description of the vehicle over the radio and recognized it as the one that was wanted for leaving the scene.

When police caught up to her, Jackson admitted involvement in the earlier accident but denied using any drugs, according to the log.

She was arrested without incident.