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Scanner tales: Stories from Braintree police log

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 22, 2011 09:12 AM

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Braintree police arrested four people over the weekend on charges of impaired driving, both for alcohol and drug use.

According to police, shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, there wasd a report of a white dump truck being operated erratically in Holbrook and traveling into Braintree on Liberty Street.

Police allegedly saw the truck almost hit the sidewalk before correcting, and officers stopped the vehicle.

The detective reported discovering a marijuana pipe and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle with Nicholas J. Bertoni, 25, of Brockton, who was operating the car.

After several sobriety tests, evidence seized from the vehicle, and statements made by Bertoni, he was charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

A second stop was made shortly before 5 a.m. after a minor accident occurred at Lenox Farms, off 550 Liberty St.

According to police, a 68-year-old resident of the complex reported being rear-ended by Kim E. Kazantis, 49, who also lived at the complex.

The victim reported that after being rear-ended, Kazantis drove off and stopped a short distance away from the building.

Kazantis allegedly was impaired when officers spoke to her. She was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

Police were kept busy on Sunday morning when a man allegedly ran a red light at Five Corners intersection and almost collided with a police cruiser.

The officer had to stop to prevent a collision. When detectives attempted to pull the vehicle over, the car jumped the sidewalk before coming to a stop half on and half off the sidewalk.

The operator, later identified as Hector Alvarez-Lozano, had a strong odor of alcohol on him, police said. There was a female passenger in the front seat and a small child, less than three years old, who was neither wearing a seat belt or secured in a car seat.

An open bottle of beer was located on the floor by the passenger’s feet, police said.

Alvarez-Lozano was placed under arrested. A breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of over 0.08 percent, police said.

He was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop for a red light, failure to wear a seat belt, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, and transporting a child under six without a car seat.

Minutes later, police stopped a man after finding him asleep at the wheel on Washington and Peach Streets.

Manuel Solid Ramirez, 32, of Weymouth, was allegedly asleep when officers found him behind the wheel. He seemed to be impaired when officers woke him up, and was in no condition to perform sobriety tests, police said.

Ramirez was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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