Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Joseph PALERMO (OUI Liquor)

On 09/10/2021, while assigned to marked unit East-4, I was dispatched to the area of Medford and Pearl Street, both public ways in the city of Somerville, for reports of a motor vehicle accident. Dispatch advised the vehicle may be on it’s side.

Upon my arrival I was flagged down by uninvolved parties. I saw a grey SUV on it’s side. One party informed me someone was still in the car. I advised dispatch of this and requested additional units. Officer’s Beckford and Gee responded to handle traffic. I would note that at this intersection begins a construction site that has large “road closed” signs.
I walked to the front of the vehicle and saw a male party standing in the vehicle. The party was later identified as Mr. Joseph Palermo. I attempted to calm Mr. Palermo and he continuously stated “Get me out” I told him to stay still and that the fire department was on the way. I asked him if he was injured and he said “No, I just want to get out of here”. Somerville fire was able to remove him from the vehicle by cutting through the wind shield. Somerville fire fighters walked him away from the vehicle to the sidewalk. Mr. Palermo was extremely unsteady on his feet. Also at this point it was realized Mr. Palermo had struck a parked vehicle that was off to the side inside of the construction zone. This vehicle is listed as MV2 and was later towed privately.
It was at this time I was able to speak to Mr. Palermo. I first asked him if anyone was in the vehicle with him and he stated no. I asked him what happened and he didn’t answer me. I would note I noticed the strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath when he initially answered me. His eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and when he would actually speak to me his speech was slurred. I asked him where he was coming from and he stated “New Jersey”. I asked if he had been drinking tonight and he said yes. I asked him how much and his answer was “Quite a bit”. At this time I turned Mr. Palermo over to Cataldo Personnel to be checked out as they arrived. As he was being questioned by medical, he continuously stated “Lawyer to them” Mr. Palermo was declining medical attention. I asked Mr. Palermo if he would submit to field sobriety tests. He shook his head and said no. At this point I informed him that he was under arrest for Operating under the influence of alcohol. I handcuffed Mr. Palermo (DL) and requested for unit 200, the prisoner transport vehicle. When 200 arrived I walked Mr. Palermo to the wagon. He was stumbling and would have fallen over without my support.
Mr. Palermo’s vehicle was towed via Pats Towing.
Mr. Palermo was transported to the Somerville Police Department and was booked in the usual Manner by Lieutenant Shackleford. Mr. Palermo refused the Breathalyzer.

He will be issued MA uniform Citation T1829273 for OUI Liquor.
All documents will be submitted into evidence.
I will also be filing a crash report under the same incident number.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Christopher Fusco #328

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