, Salem, MA

November 18, 2011

Police: Drunken driver hits building

By Michael Phillis

SALEM — A driver who crashed his car into Rockett Management on Wharf Street yesterday was drunk and in possession of drugs, police said.

Matthew D. Bossie, 24, of 19 Geneva St., Salem, was charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of a property-damaging accident, illegal possession of a Class B substance and driving with an open container. Police responded at 1:05 a.m.

Police said they observed Bossie's gray 2003 Chevy Malibu driving away from Rockett Management after he had crashed his car into the structure, causing "major damage to the building," police said.

According to police, after crashing his car into Rockett Management, Bossie "parked between two parking spots in the Waterfront Hotel lot and was also pulled up on top of the curb."

When officers approached him, Bossie smelled strongly of alcohol and could not pass sobriety tests, police said.

When asked what happened, he said, "I don't know," according to police.

The damage to the front of Rockett Management was matched with heavy damage to the front end of Bossie's car, police said.

A search of the car turned up evidence of drug and alcohol use, as well, according to police reports. Eleven diazepam pills were found, as was a jar containing marijuana and three open alcohol containers.

According to police, when asked how much he had to drink, Bossie replied, "Three Heinekens and a Wharf Rat." Wharf Rat is the name of a popular drink served at Victoria Station in Salem.