Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Jatinder SINGH (Leave Scene of Property Damage, Larceny of MV, Unlicensed Op. of MV, Marked Lanes Violation, Reckless Op. of MV)

On March 30, 2016, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 4:11pm I was dispatched along with Officer Chris Fusco (East 2) to Cataldo Ambulance located at 137 Washington St for a motor vehicle accident.


        Upon arrival, Officer Fusco had an Indian male stopped inside the Cataldo parking lot. XXXXX, an employee of Cataldo Ambulance, stated she witnessed a gray Subaru Forester pull into the employee parking, an Indian or Middle Eastern male exit the driver’s seat, and walk out of the parking lot, and east on Washington St. She told the man he could not leave his car in the private lot, and he returned. Officer Fusco arrived and asked the male, later identified as the defendant Jatinder Singh, what happened. Singh stated I just stole this car. At this point I asked Officer Fusco to read Singh his Miranda Rights from a card kept in his pocket. Singh stated he understood English, and understood his rights. I explained his rights three additional times, and asked him to explain what I had said to him. Each time he successfully explained the meaning of each right I read to him.


        I asked Singh about the events that had transpired. He conveyed to me, he had left the library located on Highland Ave in Somerville, and began walking toward the Dunkin Donuts on Cambridge Street in Charlestown. During the course of his route, he walked past Alex Auto Body, located at 75 Washington St. In the front parking area of the auto body was a gray Subaru Forester, which was being serviced by mechanics. At this time no mechanic was with the vehicle, however the keys were in the ignition. Singh got in the vehicle, and drove to Dunkin Donuts on Cambridge St. He then drove toward the high school, and looped through Union Square, heading back east on Washington St. When Singh got to the concrete island located at Washington St and Boston St, he veered over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic on Washington St. He then entered the intersection of Washington St and McGrath Highway against the red light, and striking a 2008 gray Nissan Sentra in the middle of the intersection. The stolen vehicle suffered front left damage, and the front driver’s side tire went flat. The vehicle struck sustained heavy front end damage. Following the accident, he proceeded on the wrong side of the street to the east side of the intersection, where he drove up and over a cement island located between Auto Zone and Empire Tattoo Parlor. Once on the correct side of Washington St, he turned left into the Cataldo Ambulance parking lot where XXXXX witnessed him exit the vehicle.

        Officer Alan Monaco and Officer Robert Hartsgrove responded to Alex’s Auto body. Owner YYYYY stated he had just returned from an inspection station from the vehicle, and only realized the vehicle was missing when we notified him. YYYYY responded to the scene, and took possession of the motor vehicle. YYYYYY also notified the owner of the stolen motor vehicle, ZZZZZZ.

        Based on the above statements, Singh was placed under arrest for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (266/28/B), Unlicensed Operation (90/10), Leaving the Scene of an accident with property damage (90/24), Operating to Endanger (90/24), and Marked Lanes Violation (89/4A). I left Singh with Officer Fusco, Sgt. Chris Ward, and Officer George D’Amelio, also responded to assist Officer Manzelli (C2) who was with the victim in the motor vehicle accident.

        Officer Joseph Teves transported Singh to the station where he was booked by Lt. Jeff DiGregorio. 


Respectfully Submitted,


Officer Tim Van Nostrand


Somerville Police Dept.



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