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Scanner tales: Stories from the Braintree police log

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 2, 2011 04:12 PM

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Police use Jaws of Life to save Braintree man
A 54-year-old Braintree man was taken to Boston Medical Center with non-life- threatening injuries Thursday afternoon after his car went airborne and crashed into trees near Dunkin Donuts at Five Corners, police said.

According to police, the man was traveling at a high rate of speed on West Street around 1 p.m. Thursday and passed cars stopped for the red light at the intersection.

Witnesses estimated that the man’s car was going between 70 and 100 mph, and he passed stopped cars on the left, struck a curb and utility pole, and then went airborne across the Dunkin Donuts parking lot.

The car even traveled over a van parked in the parking lot before landing on its roof in the trees.

The operator, whose name has not been released as he has not yet been charged, suffered a head injury and was trapped inside his vehicle. Police used the Jaws of Life to free him, officers said.

According to police, the man may have suffered from a pre-existing medical condition prior to the accident, and police have filed paperwork with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to suspend his driver’s license.

The man will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Quincy man arrested in drug transaction
A Quincy man was arrested in Braintree after police allegedly witnessed him takling part in a drug transaction.

According to police, detectives received information that the man would be at the Braintree location on Thursday to sell drugs. They set up surveillance, and shortly before 7 p.m., the man arrived in a Ford Focus, they said.

Detectives approached him and allegedly found a small plastic bag containing two smaller bags of heroin in the man’s pocket. Police say they also located several other bags of heroin in the vehicle.

Sean M. Fitzgerald, 34, of Quincy, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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