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Braintree Scanner Tales: Police search for armed robbery suspects, Woman arrested for drunk driving with infant in the car, Drunk driving arrest

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 5, 2012 04:13 PM

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Police search for armed robbery suspects

Braintree Police are searching for three suspects believed to have been involved in an armed robbery on March 3.

According to police, loss prevention employees at Target at the South Shore Plaza reported that they approached three individuals, a man and two women, who had concealed six computer hard drives in a stolen backpack on Saturday afternoon.

After first entering the store, the man exited and got into his car. He then waited in a four-door Chevrolet Blazer in the parking lot.

Police said one of the women might have been in contact with the man via cell phone.

Loss prevention employees approached the two women after they exited the store and retrieved the stolen backpack and hard drives.

When officers told the women they would have to come with them to the loss prevention offices, one of the women pulled a knife from her pocketbook. The women then fled with the male suspect in the car.

Loss prevention employees believes that these three have victimized several of their stores recently. Police are continuing to search for the suspects.

Woman arrested for drunk driving with infant in the car

A 25-year-old Norfolk woman was arrested early Sunday morning on March 4 after allegedly driving under the influence with her infant in the back seat.

According to police, the woman was parked at the Eddie and Mike’s gas station on Union Street for approximately 45 minutes. When the attendant went to check on her, he found her asleep behind the wheel.

The woman’s eight-month-old baby was asleep in a car seat in the back seat.

Officers arrived and woke up the woman, and saw possible signs of intoxication. An unopened can of beer was in the center console, two empty wine bottles were on the floor, and three empty beer cans were under the center console.

Officers asked the woman to perform several sobriety tests. The woman failed the first and then refused to continue.

The woman resisted arrested, pulling her hands away from officers and pushing off the officers. She later refusing to be placed in a police cruiser.

The woman was eventually transported to the police station. There, she took a breath test that showed a reading four times the legal limit of .08 percent.

The infant was brought to the police station where officers cared for her before ultimately uniting her with her grandfather.

Michelle C. Cherella, 25, of Norfolk was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, child endangerment while under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, and drinking from an open container of alcohol while driving.


Drunk driving arrest

A 50-year-old Braintree woman was arrested the morning of Sunday, March 4 after allegedly crashing into a parked car while driving under the influence and then leaving the scene of the accident in another vehicle.

A witness on Storrs Ave reported hearing a loud crash at 1 a.m. and then observing a red Hyundai, operated by the suspect, pushing the witness’s brother’s parked car onto the sidewalk.

The suspect then abandoned her vehicle and drove off in a Jeep Cherokee that had been following behind her.

The officer stopped the vehicle a short distance away and confronted the suspect.

The suspect exhibited several signs of possible intoxication. She took several sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. At the police station, the suspect’s breath test had a reading of .09 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Diane M. Kemp, 50, of Braintree was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, and based on statements made by her, texting while driving.

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