Police/Fire: Friends face drunk driving charges after disturbances on Maplewood Avenue | News

A disturbance on Maplewood Avenue on Friday just before midnight led to the arrest of two female friends charged with drunk driving.

Maryanne E. Polanski, 59 of 12 Lattimer St., Marblehead, was arrested for drunk driving, second offense and violation of marked lanes.

Janet L. Douglas, 60, of 55 Riverview Road in Gloucester, his friend, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

Both pleaded not guilty in Gloucester District Court on Monday, according to the Clerk’s Office. Both have preliminary hearings set for June 28 and have been ordered not to drive unless they have a valid licence.

Police were called to the scene in Maplewood by a taxi driver who told them that two drivers were having an argument and pointed to two cars, a black 2017 Honda Ridgeline idling outside a service center at 159 Maplewood Ave. and a green 2014 Honda CRV about 100 feet in front of 151 Maplewood Ave.

Police first spoke with the driver of the Ridgeline who told officers she had an argument with her friend, Polanski, who was in the other vehicle which had a flat tire and was uncooperative when Douglas tried to help. Douglas told police they went to a barbecue, then drove to a downtown bar and were on their way to her home when Polanski hit a curb and got an apartment, the report said.

When talking to Douglas, police reported that she was showing signs of intoxication.

The officer walked over to Polanski’s car, parked against the curb with a flat tire on the front passenger side. Polanski reportedly told police that she hit the curb while driving. Police reported that she also showed signs of intoxication and became angry when police asked her what she should drink. The report says she failed four field sobriety tests. The police arrested her and the report says she became belligerent after that.

The officer returned to see Douglas, who refused to consent to field sobriety tests, insisted she was not drunk and refused to get out of her vehicle when asked for the first time, according to the report. As the officer tried to stop her, the report says she started screaming and tried to walk away waving her arms. She was eventually handcuffed, according to the report.

The two drivers acted belligerently in the rear of the cruisers and when booking, the report said, and both refused chemical breath tests. Officers also filed a use of force report regarding Douglas’ arrest. Police discovered that Polanski had been charged with drunk driving in the past. Both drivers’ licenses were seized and suspended after they refused to take breathalyzer tests.

A sub-store robbed on Sunday morning

A report that the Greg’s restaurant at 24 Railroad Ave. had been burglarized brought the police to the restaurant on Sunday around 10:15 a.m.

The police met the owner who told them that his business had been broken into and money had been taken from the records. The traditional opening cash gift that the company taped to the wall and the safe that was on the counter under the registers were also stolen, according to the police report. The owner gave an estimate of the money stolen, which was censored in the report.

The owner said the ATM at the front of the restaurant was also damaged.

Police checked surveillance footage from Sunday at 12:44 a.m. and saw a man about 5ft 10 to 6ft tall with his face covered, wearing a sweatshirt with an unrecognizable logo and ripped jeans at a knee, come through the back window carrying a hammer.

Police said it appeared he was working with someone else as he took a phone call and stared out the back window while talking.

After the phone call, the man went to the front registers where the keys had been left there and grabbed the money, police said in the footage. The suspect returned to the window and appeared to be talking to someone before going back through the second ledger and withdrawing his money, police said. The individual removed the offered cash taped to the wall and placed everything on the counter before trying to enter the ATM, an attempt police said the footage shown had failed. The man placed the cash in a bag and took the safe under the counter before heading to the back window, the footage showed.

The restaurant owner did not recognize the individual and police were unable to locate any surveillance footage from the Pearl Street area. The report was forwarded to detectives for further investigation.

In other news from the Gloucester Police and Fire Service newspapers:

Monday, May 2

Motor vehicle stops: Citations/warnings issued on Washington and Poplar streets at 1:38 a.m., Magnolia Avenue at 8:27 a.m. and Farrington Avenue at 9:47 a.m.

Sunday May 1

11:44 p.m.: An area search did not reveal the source of a noise complaint on Knowlton Square and Washington Street.

10:51 p.m.: No action required for a suspicious car report on Witham Street and Thatcher Road.

Motor vehicle stops: Citations/warnings issued on Thatcher Road at 10:49 a.m. and Washington Street at 6:37 p.m.

Accidents with property damage only were reported in the Gloucester House restaurant area on Rogers Street at 1:45 p.m. and on Derby Street and Maplewood Avenue at 4:15 p.m.

Suspicious people was reported on Willow Street at 2:11 p.m. and Washington Street at 4:06 p.m.

Larceny were reported to police at the Main Street station at 3:46 a.m. and at Summit Street at 7:06 a.m.

1h32: A disturbance has been reported on Marshfield Street.

00:48: An unwanted guest has been reported at a Parker Street property.

friday april 29

5:56 p.m.: A carbon monoxide alarm report on Corliss Avenue has been forwarded to the Gloucester Fire Department.

4:48 p.m.: A disabled vehicle has been reported on Route 128 South at Eastern Avenue and the Route 128 Extension.

4:47 p.m.: Medical emergency, man fell at Pearl Street car wash, referred to another agency.

Motor vehicle stops: Citations/warnings issued at 3:15 p.m. on Washington Street and Riverside Avenue; at 2:44 p.m. on Washington Street and Riverside Avenue; at 1:47 p.m. between the roundabouts of route 128 north; at 12:26 p.m. on Rogers and Manuel F. Lewis streets; at 12:10 p.m. on Riggs Street; at 11:22 p.m. at exit 54 of route 128 north; at 9:39 a.m. on Washington Street and Riverside Avenue; at 9:09 a.m. on Essex and Magnolia avenues; and at 8:59 a.m. on Washington Street and Madison Avenue.

1:58 p.m.: The Gloucester Fire Service responded to a mulch fire on Angle Street.

11:21 a.m.: Police had a vehicle towed on Elm Street.

11:14 a.m.: A Maplewood Avenue resident reported that two 40-pound bags of marble garden chips costing around $25 from Home Goods were stolen from under her patio last week between Sunday and Thursday.

10:19: An accident with property damage only has been reported at the Gloucester Housing Authority office on Washington Street.

10:06: A resident told the police that he was cheated out of $8,000. He said his computer was locked, he was told to call a phone number and told he was overdue, so he had to send $18,000 using a gift card from a home improvement store to unlock it. He then went to the store and put $4,000 on his credit card and $4,000 on his debit card to top up the gift card. He notified the credit card company of the scam and they will reverse the charge. The bank told him there was nothing they could do and sent him to the police department. The resident provided police with the suspect’s name and phone numbers. Detectives discovered that one of the numbers was registered in Cambridge with no subscriber information and another number was for what was described as a call centre. The individual, a man with a foreign accent, hung up and the number was no longer in service.

9:25 a.m.: An Amazon package was reported stolen on Main Street.