The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Police: Woman Intentionally Drove SUV Into Male After Shoveling Dispute
A Webster Street woman intentionally drove her SUV into a male early Monday morning after a shoveling dispute, according to police.
A witness told police that the woman backed into the male at a “high rate of speed.” The male told police that he was struck in the right leg by the vehicle’s rear bumper. He said he was sore, but he refused a medical evaluation at the scene, police said.
Police are seeking a criminal complaint against the woman for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Police initially responded to Webster Street in East Arlington at about 12:10 a.m. Monday to investigate an ongoing dispute between neighbors.
Once there, police encountered three males, who had been shoveling, and the two residents – one of whom lived on the first floor, the other on the second.
Police said the woman, one of the residents, was upset with the three males because, while they were shoveling the right side of the driveway for the other resident, they were throwing the snow on her side. The woman said she had already shoveled her side, the left side, and placed the snow “directly in the middle.”
Police then spoke to the resident who hired the three males. The males were supposed to remove the snow with a plow truck, he said, but the truck had mechanical failures so they started to shovel before it returned. At that point, the woman started to yell and scream about how and where the snow was being placed, he said.
The three males then told police that the woman would not let them place snow in between the driveway and the house. Police then asked the woman if the males could place the snow in the backyard, and she said “No.” Police told the woman that the other resident had rights to the property as well and that she was leaving the males no reasonable options.
One of the males then told police that when the plow truck returned, they would plow her side of the driveway as well, free of charge.
Police said the woman was still not pleased. She jumped into a pile of snow in the driveway, police said, and began to throw snow onto the right side of the driveway. She then sat down and became very emotionally upset, according to police. She eventually went inside, and the males continued shoveling. Police then left the scene.
At about 12:45 a.m., the two officers returned to the scene for a report that the woman had struck one of the males. They later learned that the woman had backed her Subaru Forrester into one of the males.
The male who was struck told police that after they left, the woman came back outside and got into her SUV that was parked across the street in a neighbor’s driveway. The male said he and the other two males initially got into their vehicle to avoid further confrontation, but then when he got out, the woman backed into him at a “high rate of speed.” He said he put his arm out and yelled at the woman to stop but she continued until she hit him.
A witness corroborated the male’s story. The witness said he believed the strike was intentional due to the fact that the woman’s driveway was in the opposite direction of her travel.
In addition to receiving the criminal complaint, the woman agreed to be taken for a mental-health evaluation.
$1,645 Reported Stolen from Broadway Diner
Police responded to the Broadway Diner at about 7:50 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of a recent break-in.
The diner’s owner told police that the restaurant had been broken into sometime during the previous night. She said that a side door had been forced open and $1,645 in cash was missing.
Notable Incidents from Monday to Tuesday, Feb. 11-12
Tuesday, Feb. 12
9:17 p.m., Old Colony Lane, Threats
8:46 p.m., River Street, Suspicious condition
6:06 p.m., Hancock Street, Arrest, fugitive from justice on a court warrant
Monday, Feb. 11
8:33 p.m., Broadway, Operating under the influence of drugs
3:25 p.m., Brantwood Road and Kensington Park, Motor vehicle crash without injury
8:57 a.m., Mass. Ave., Injury on town property
7:50 a.m., Broadway, Breaking and entering at night for felony (see above)
12:44 a.m., Webster Street, Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (see above)