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Brookline cops: private plow driver struck cars, had drugs

Posted by Brock Parker  January 21, 2014 01:19 PM

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Police arrested a plow driver who allegedly struck two vehicles Saturday, left the scene of the accident and was then arrested for possession of drugs and weapons.

David Atkins, 32, of Needham, was arrested on multiple drug charges, including charges for cocaine and heroin, two counts of possession of dangerous weapons and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was also cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to Brookline Police.

Police said Atkins was driving a Chevrolet Silverado, which was equipped with a snow plow, in the area of 370 Washington Street in front of the public library at 4:13 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly struck and caused severe damage to a Toyota Prius that was parked on the street. He then struck a parked Toyota Corolla, as well, according to a police report.

Police said Atkins was a private contractor doing work for a building in the area.

A witness saw the accident and followed Atkins, who continued driving and turned down several side streets before stopping behind Washington Street where police located him, according to a police report.

Atkins told an officer responding to the accident that he was aware that he struck the vehicles. He said he was not trying to avoid the accident, but was trying to find a place to park, according to police.

Police noted in a report on Atkins' arrest that there were several parking spots open on the side of the road where the accident occurred.

While questioning Atkins, police discovered he was carrying a spring-loaded, double-edged knife clipped to his pocket and later discovered that his belt buckle was actually a pair of brass knuckles.

Police also said they discovered in Atkins boot an Advil bottle containing multiple types of prescription drug pills, as well as cocaine and heroin. After Atkins was arrested, police said they also found a bag of marijuana inside of his sock. Inside Atkins’ truck, police said they also found a marijuana cigarette and other drug paraphernalia.

--brock.parker@globe.com

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