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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from April 9 through 15. No arrests were reported. Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, April 9

11:25 a.m. – Identity Fraud. A 69-year-old Arlington woman visited the APD station lobby seeking a qualified opinion about a letter she had received from her insurance company – or, she thought, possibly from an impersonator – informing her that her driver's license information had been compromised. A police detective investigated the matter and later determined that in this case the threat to her license information was genuine. The woman proceeded to check her financial accounts for recent activity and to work with her now-trusted insurance company to address what turned out to be a bona fide threat.

Wednesday, April 10

9:41 a.m. – Accident without Injury. An ignored stop sign reportedly led to a two-car crash at Rawson Road and Warren Street serious enough to draw both police and fire department response. A 34-year-old Uber driver from Watertown told police officers she “simply didn't see” the stop sign and consequently had driven her Toyota Prius into the path of a Kia Sportage traveling east on Warren Street. The Kia driver, a 44-year-old Arlington man, had been running an errand with his wife. There were no reported injuries, but both vehicles were banged up enough to require towing.

6:10 p.m. – Accident with Injury. Failure to enter cross-traffic carefully led to a violent two-car collision at Dow Avenue and Concord Turnpike. The driver of a 2013 Mercedes that had been heading north on the Dow Avenue underpass of Route 2 assured officers at the crash scene that he had come to a complete stop before trying to negotiate Concord Turnpike but could not explain how he had then proceeded to crash into a westbound 2010 Honda CRV approaching from the right with sufficient force to break his own vehicle's rear axle. The Honda driver, a 68-year-old Arlington woman, appeared to be uninjured, but her vehicle suffered a torn-off front bumper and other front-end damage. The Mercedes driver, a 62-year-old male from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., complained to arriving EMTs of neck and back pain but later refused further medical evaluation. Officers wrote him a failure-to-yield citation, and his car was towed. APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn commented, “Stop signs are about more than just stopping. The driver must follow through by proceeding with care and accommodating moving traffic. Drivers should remember that any vehicle already moving in the intersection has the right of way.”

Thursday, April 11

9:41 a.m. – Junk Vehicle. A Harlow Street resident called APD to report that a 2013 BMW SUV that he said had been abandoned on the street in front of his house for more than a week that had no plates and a flat tire. Officers arrived to inspect the car and noticed that the inspection sticker was for a different type of vehicle. Other clues, according to the report, suggested that the vehicle might have been picked up at an auction. The SUV was removed to a lot; APD continues an investigation to find the owner.

1:07 p.m. – Customer Problem, Restaurant Defraud. The owner of a restaurant in the 1300 block of Mass. Ave. (near Park Avenue) called to report a customer who he said had walked out, bellowing insults, after not paying for her meal. According to the report, the customer, a woman who had arrived wearing a hoodie, had ordered two plates of food and two beers -- and then had started for the door without picking up her $34 tab. The owner then reportedly told the customer he would have to call police if she didn't pay and asked her to wait, at which point he said the customer became loudly abusive while continuing out the door. Once outside, she proceeded to her car, got in and started driving off; but the quick-witted and nimble-fingered owner, who had followed her out, was able to snap a photo of the car's license plate with his phone before she disappeared. When APD investigation later led to a Registry record and a photo, the owner was able positively to identify the suspect, who, Flynn said, now certainly faces a criminal complaint.

Friday, April 12

6:32 a,m. – Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Impatience proved costly indeed to a 65-year-old Arlington man who allegedly tried to escape southbound bumper-to-bumper traffic on Mystic Street between Chestnut Street and Mass. Ave. His solution: angling his Toyota RAV4 over a curb, then running it across a sidewalk and a lawn, leaving tire marks in the grass, to reach a parking lot area from which he thought to complete an escape. The driver reportedly told the officers who rapidly apprehended him that he had been having “a moment in which to go around the traffic.” Although apologetic, freely admitting fault and seemingly unimpaired, the driver got little sympathy from the officers, who served him with a criminal citation for reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle to endanger. As a result, he will face a court date and, if found guilty, receive stiff fines and possibly a license suspension per the judge's discretion. Flynn explained the severity of the offense: “When someone deliberately drives a vehicle off the road in a populated area, hops curbs and infringes areas reserved for pedestrians, that person is deliberately putting lives at risk.”

Saturday, April 13

10:07 a.m. – Customer Problem. Police were summoned to a liquor store in the 1200 block of Mass. Ave. (between Appleton Street and Park Avenue) after a male customer buying liquor presented a credit card whose name did not match other identification he had shown the clerk. After officers arrived, the man explained that he had “borrowed the card from his girlfriend's husband” and had also received permission to borrow that generous man's car, which he'd recently used to drive to the Boston area from Northampton, Mass. The would-be customer took the officers to the car, where they found registration bearing the same name as on the credit card. After running several searches and finding no stolen-vehicle or credit-card reports referring to the items in question, the officers decided the man was telling the truth, then accompanied him back to the store to vouch for his now-legitimate liquor purchase.


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This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, April 18, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.