Douglas J. Fitzpatrick, 52, of 3 Belle St., Ipswich, was arrested at 7:28 p.m. on charges of drunken driving, a second offense; two counts of leaving the scene of an accident; speeding; and both a one-way street and a U-turn violation. Police had responded to Washington Street and the report of an accident and a possible fight. A driver told them he was proceeding across an intersection when another driver “made an illegal U-turn and struck the driver’s side” of his car, according to the log. The offending driver next sped up Chestnut Street the wrong way and struck a parked vehicle, according to the log. “The victim and a car containing four witnesses were following the fleeing vehicle, which continued up Chestnut Street, took a right onto Flint Street and right onto Essex Street, where the vehicle eventually pulled over.” Patrolmen Dana Mazola and John Anderson participated in the arrest.
A woman on Auburn Road smelled a rat when a telephone solicitor, asking for money for a local club, said he’d be happy to drop by and pick up a check in person. She called police at 7:41 p.m. They told her to call them if he showed up.
Police questioned a man trying to gain access to a residence on Briggs Street at 10:02 p.m. “His speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet,” according to the log. Asked where he lived, the intoxicated man replied “here.” But a check of his wallet showed his actual address was a few doors away. He was taken into protective custody.
Officers found a car on Linden Street at 5:27 a.m. with its door wide open. Nothing seemed to have been taken or disturbed. They closed the door.
An estimated $1,100 worth of electronics, including iPods and a stereo system, went missing from a vehicle on Abbott Street after someone popped the lock, as logged at 8:08 a.m.