SALEM — Wayne Daffe says he was just trying to spare his friend a ticket for double parking outside a house on Cabot Street early Monday.
“I was just parking it,” Daffe, 22, of 62 Derby St., Salem, told a Salem District Court judge Monday during his arraignment on a charge of driving after license suspension. “I swear, I’m doing good,” he continued, describing his efforts to comply with probation officers and stay out of trouble. “I can’t even do this without getting arrested.”
And while prosecutors were seeking bail for Daffe, who is currently awaiting trial on charges that include driving to endanger, possession of burglarious tools and credit card fraud, Salem District Court Judge Richard Mori decided to cut Daffe some slack, releasing him on personal recognizance following his arraignment.
Prosecutor Alex Grimes, who cited the pending cases and Daffe’s record in requesting bail, said police turned onto Cabot Street shortly after 2 a.m. and then watched as Daffe — whom they recognized from prior interactions with officers — got out of the passenger side of the car and into the driver’s side, then drove away.
Grimes said the car continued for about two blocks when officers stopped it and arrested Daffe, whose license is under suspension.
Daffe’s license is under suspension for incidents that include a crash into a parked car on North Street last February, which allegedly happened when Daffe reached for his SoBe energy drink.
His attorney, Loring Lincoln, said his client was just trying to help his friend. “It was his friend’s car; he was a passenger,” Lincoln said. “His friend double-parked and ran in to get his work clothes.”
When he saw the police cruiser turn onto the street, Daffe feared that his friend would get a ticket, so he decided to try to find a legal parking space. But before he could do that, he was stopped.
Daffe is due back in court on July 14 in all four of his pending cases.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.