Police: Flip Flop to Blame in Summer Street Crash

Incidents and arrests in Arlington from Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 23-26.

The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police: Flip Flops to Blame in Summer Street Crash

A woman totaled her BMW on Summer Street Thursday afternoon after one of her flip flops got caught between the vehicle’s brake and gas pedals, causing her to speed through an intersection and into a low wall, according to police.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Lahey Clinic in Burlington with undisclosed injuries. She was able to speak with police on scene.

Police responded to Summer Street, at its intersection with Brattle and Hemlock streets, at about 12:27 p.m. Thursday for a report of a motor vehicle crash with an injury.

After speaking with two witnesses and the driver, police believed that the woman was traveling down Hemlock Street, toward Brattle and Summer streets, and that when she attempted to brake for a red light, she was unable to due to the wedged flip flop.

One of the witnesses was driving behind the woman’s 2009 BMW 328i sedan, and she said that the vehicle’s brake lights were turning off and on rapidly before the crash.

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Notable Incidents from Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 23-26

Sunday, Aug. 26

6:21 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Motor vehicle crash, leaving the scene of property damage

9:14 a.m., Heard Road, Motor vehicle crash without injury

Saturday, Aug. 25

9:31 p.m., Winchester Country Club, Mystic Street, Malicious destruction of property over $250

5:48 p.m., Pleasant Street, Larceny under $250

2:55 p.m., , River Street, Shoplifting by concealing merchandise

12:34 a.m., Park and Wachusett avenues, Motor vehicle crash without injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle

Friday, Aug. 24

7:07 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Motor vehicle crash without injury

3:42 p.m., Hobbs Court, Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

2:21 p.m., Broadway, Injury on town property

6:06 a.m., Broadway, Arrest, assault and battery

2:51 a.m., Fordham Street, Assault and battery

12:19 a.m., Milton Street, Assault and battery

Thursday, Aug. 23

9:43 p.m., Jason Street, Breaking and entering into a motor vehicle

6:13 p.m., Walnut Street, Suspicious condition

2:39 p.m., Hemlock Street, Identity fraud

2:18 p.m., Rhinecliff Street, Threat to commit a crime

1:22 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

12:54 p.m., Grove Street, Breaking and entering during the day for felony

12:27 p.m., Summer Street, Motor vehicle crash with injury (see above)

12:07 p.m., , Massachusetts Avenue, Larceny over $250 by false pretense

Chris August 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Colonel Mustard with the flip flop in the BMW


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