Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael DOYLE (Inhale Substance, Carry Dangerous Weapon)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.


On August 27, 2017 at approximately 13:38 hours, while assigned as marked unit West-6, I was dispatched to Kenney Park & Playground located at 394 Highland Avenue for a report of a man huffing paint cans next to the park. The description provided was a white male, wearing a blue and black Hawaiian shirt and Patriots hat, with a backpack, and on a bicycle. West-5 Officer Nevin, West-7 Officer Kim, and Charlie-6 also responded to assist. Upon arrival, I began to check inside the park which should be noted was full of numerous children and families. Officer Nevin stopped a male matching the description at Highland Avenue and Grove Street, just in front of the park. The male later identified as Michael Doyle, had an empty can of keyboard duster, brand named Blow Off, clearly hanging out of his back pocket. 


At this time I contacted dispatch and asked if the reporting party was still in the area and if she would make herself known to me. Dispatch contacted the reporting party and informed me she was still in the park and I observed a female in the park waive me over. The witness, XXXXX, informed me that as she and her three children were dropped off at the park by her husband, she observed the male whom we had stopped, Doyle, huffing what she believed to be cans of paint next to the park. XXXXX stated that she was concerned and called for assistance. I thanked XXXXX for her assistance and went back to interview Doyle. 


I asked Doyle if he had any weapons on his person to which he replied a razor knife in his left front pocket. I removed the knife from Doyle’s pocket without incident (admitted into evidence). Doyle was wearing a black backpack which I removed from his person. A search of the backpack revealed three additional cans of Blow Off, two of which were full, one empty; totaling four cans including the one removed from his pocket (admitted into evidence and photos attached). When I asked Doyle what happened he admitted to inhaling the keyboard cleaner to get high. He informed me that he has had substance abuse problems in the past and now inhales the keyboard cleaner for recreational purposes.          


Michael Doyle was placed into custody for violation of Somerville City Ordinance Sec. 9-96 – Knives and dangerous weapons and is also charged with violation of M.G.L. ch. 270 § 18 Smelling substance with toxic vapor. Unit #200 operated by Officer Marra was dispatched to our location and transported Doyle to Somerville Police Headquarters where he was booked by Lt. Lavey.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Anderson #315


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