, Salem, MA

November 27, 2013

Man’s joyride ends in breakdown in Salem, police say


---- — SALEM — A Lynn man is being held on bail after police say he drove to Salem in a car stolen from a repair shop, then abandoned it at a gas station when it began overheating.

But Samuel Taste III, 39, might not be in any hurry to post bail — police also say they were contacted by his irate girlfriend after she learned that Taste had left their 4-year-old child home alone when he called her from the police station, looking for bail money.

Police were called to the Circle K/Irving gas station on Highland Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday after a man pulled up in a Toyota Corolla, the hazard lights flashing, then abandoned the car in a drive-thru lane of the convenience store and began walking toward Swampscott Road.

Police noted that the car had a smashed window and a broken ignition.

About an hour later, police got another call from the station, after Taste showed up again and asked employees to call him a cab. He was sitting in the back seat of a taxi when patrolmen Thomas Pelletier, Deni Gaito and Jon Bedard arrived.

Taste claimed that he’d taken a bus, then that his girlfriend had dropped him off, before telling officers he no longer wished to speak, according to police. At the station, police learned that the owner of the car had left it at a garage on Lafayette Street in Lynn for repairs.

After he was booked, Taste made a call for bail. Police then got a call from Taste’s girlfriend.

The child, who was picked up by a friend, was unharmed. Police in Lynn filed a report of neglect with the Department of Children and Families.

Taste, who was charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, driving after license suspension, driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching plates, has an eight-page criminal record and a history of not showing up for court, said Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.

Based on that, Salem District Court Judge Matthew Machera set bail at $2,500.

Taste is due back in court next month.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.