By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — One person was arrested on a warrant and another taken into protective custody following a confrontation on Jefferson Avenue early yesterday morning, police say.
Officers responded to the area of 211 Jefferson Ave. shortly before 1 a.m. after a report of a fight in the street. Although they didn’t find a fight, they did see a red 2001 Honda Accord “quickly leaving the immediate area,” according to the incident log.
When they pulled the vehicle over, the man and woman inside said they had just left a party and that the woman had been punched in the face there by another woman.
As police were speaking with the pair, the “obviously” drunk woman the pair had been referring to approached the officers and the vehicle and “immediately started a heated verbal dispute.” Then she tried to run from the scene, but officers stopped her.
Police handcuffed her and took her into protective custody, noting that she was “unable to care for herself,” and advised the woman who claimed she had been punched that she could seek a complaint in court for a charge of simple assault and battery.
Then they ran the male driver for warrants and discovered he was wanted on vehicle-related charges in Swampscott, according to the log. Longinus C. Ehiriodo, 29, of 41 Hancock St., Salem, was arrested without incident.
The vehicle was turned over to a licensed operator on scene that police didn’t name.