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Braintree Scanner Tales: Car drives into Braintree restaurant, Drugged driving arrest

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 21, 2012 10:22 AM

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Car drives into Braintree restaurant

Four people were taken to the hospital on May 12 after a car crashed into the side of the Chateau Restaurant on John Mahar Boulevard.

The 70-year-old Quincy man said he pulled into a parking space against the side of the building and had his foot on the brake when it began to accelerate and the car went forward, crashing into the building.

According to police, a Weymouth couple and their son, ages 53, 52, and 22, who were in the restaurant at the time of the crash, and a passenger in the Quincy man’s car were all taken to South Shore Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The most serious injury was of the Weymouth woman, who suffered a visible head injury, Braintree police said.

No charges have been filed and the name of the suspect has not been released.

Braintree police are seeking a suspension of the Quincy man’s driver’s license pending a medial review. The restaurant closed after the accident for the night, but was open by the next day.

According to a manager at the restaurant, repairs have since been made to the building.


Drugged driving arrest

A Pembroke woman was arrested on May 15 after allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

According to police, a driver reported that she had been traveling south on Washington Street when a small, white sedan exited Water Street and crashed into the side of her car.

The operator appeared to be laughing, the victim said, and after the crash the suspect drove off north on Washington Street.

A Braintree officer later spotted the suspect near South Braintree Square where he stopped the car.

As officers spoke with the suspect, they made observations of possible impairment. Officers could also smell marijuana on the suspect, police said.

A small amount of marijuana and a pipe were found inside the vehicle, police said.

The suspect was asked to perform several sobriety tests. Afterwards, she was placed under arrest and taken to the police station.

At the station, the suspect then allegedly kicked an officer and spit into the face of another.

Courtney C. Tower, 17, of Pembroke, was subsequently charged with operating under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

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