Real Life Somerville Police Stories:James CLOVER (OUI Liquor, Leave Scene of Property Damage)

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, I, Officer Paul Beckford, was on duty for the Somerville Police (E1). At approximately 12:48 AM, Officer Joseph Moreira (E4), Sergeant Michael Holland (S8), and I were dispatched to Franklin St at Oliver St. for a motor vehicle accident.James. 


        Upon arrival, we met with the reporting parties XXXXX and YYYYY. They stated that there neighbor, Mr. James Clover crashed into their residence. XXXXX and YYYYY stated that they were in there residence getting ready for bed, when they heard a big bang coming from the outside of their residence. This noise caused their home to shake.


        XXXXX stated that he immediately ran outside and saw Mr. Clover in the driver’s seat of the motor vehicle that was logged in the side of his home. XXXXX stated that he screamed “What are you doing.” “You hit my house.” At that instant, Mr. Clover put the vehicle in reverse, and proceeded to reverse east on Oliver St., which he ended up crashing into a tree located on the corner of Franklin St. and Oliver St. After he crashed into the tree, he put the vehicle in drive, and drove the vehicle west on Oliver St. He parked the vehicle in front of his residence. XXXXX stated that Mr. Clover was trying to leave the scene of the property damage by parking his vehicle away from the scene. The motor vehicle did appear to be parked a distance away from the crash site.


        Mr. Clover was stand outside the motor vehicle with extensive damage. When speaking with Mr. Clover, he stated that he was at dinner in Cambridge with friends at the S & S Restaurant, located on Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA. I asked, Mr. Clover if he had any alcoholic beverages during his time at the S & S Restaurant. He stated “Yes, just two drinks.” I informed Mr. Clover that I would like for him to perform a series of field sobriety tests. If he was unable to perform the test for medical reasons, he could let me know at any point. Mr. Clover agreed to take the test. He stated that he has no medical problems.


        The first field sobriety test was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). I instructed, and demonstrated on how to perform the HGN test. I told him to let me know when he’s ready to begin. During the HGN there was a lack of smooth pursuit, and sustained HGN at maximum deviation.


        The second field sobriety test I instructed, and demonstrated was the walk and turn. Officer made sure that the test area was flat, and well lit with the cruiser spot lights. During the test Mr. Clover was unsteady on his feet and was using his arms for balance. He fell off the line several times to catch his balance. Mr. Clover did not maintain contact between his heels and his toes.


        The third field sobriety test that I instructed, and demonstrated was the one leg stand. During the test Mr. Clover couldn’t count past six because he couldn’t maintain his balance. Also, he was using his arms and sudden hops on one leg in an attempt to maintain balance.


        Mr. Clover was placed under arrest for Leaving the Scene of Property Damage and for OUI Liquor. Somerville Fire and Cataldo Ambulance were on scene, which he refused medical treatment. The motor vehicle was towed by Pats, and inspectional services were notified. Mr. Clover was transported to the Somerville Police Station by Officer James Torres with our transport vehicle (200). Once at the station, he was booked by the overnight Commander Sergeant Marino.



Photos were taken on scene.



Respectfully submitted



Officer: Paul Beckford

Badge: 319


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