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Car damages apartment building in Salem St. crash

Posted by Matt Byrne  October 20, 2010 10:04 AM

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The metal shelter structure, which also held the building's mailboxes, was nearly destroyed in the accident.

A car struck the entrance of a brick apartment building on Salem Street in Medford Tuesday.

About 5:15 p.m., police and emergency personnel were on the scene of 320 Salem St., where it appeared that a black Volkswagon Golf entered the building's parking lot, failed to stop, and careened into a metal structure surrounding the front door to the building.

Medford Police said no one was hurt in the incident.

Officers used a canine to track the scent from the vehicle to the apartment of Sabeur Eleuchi, 31, of 320 Salem St., said Medford Police Lieutenant Paul Covino. Officers could not locate Eleuchi following the crash. Police who ran the license plates on the Golf found that it was registered to a previous owner.

Eleuchi turned himself in to police later in the evening, Covino said. Investigators interviewed and cited him for attaching the wrong plates to a motor vehicle, allowing a motor vehicle to be operated without insurance, and allowing a motor vehicle to be operated unregistered.

Covino said Eleuchi was not arrested and charged with a crime because no witnesses could be located to identify him as the operator of the car, and Eleuchi told investigators that someone else was driving at the time of the crash.

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