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November 1, 2013

Police: Drunken driver crashes into tree

SALEM — Police say a drunken driver who struck a tree on the Bridge Street bike path yesterday morning has been linked to a hit-and-run accident on Bay View Avenue less than hour before.

Gustavo Montenegro, 27, of 49 Franklin St., Somerville, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene after a property-damage accident and a marked lanes violation.

A 5:06 a.m. report of an accident brought police to Bridge and Webb streets, where they found that a gray 1998 Toyota Camry had left the roadway, gone onto the bike path and struck a tree “head on,” according to the incident log.

Montenegro identified himself as the driver and failed field sobriety tests, at which point he was arrested, police wrote.

Police then linked Montengro to a crash that had occurred shortly at 4 a.m., when a vehicle had struck a parked Toyota 4Runner at 116 Bay View Ave., then fled the scene. The 4Runner sustained moderate damage to its front end, including a broken grill and bumper.

Montenegro was linked to that accident because pieces of his vehicle — including a silver Toyota symbol — had been left behind at the scene, said Lt. Scott Englehardt.

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