Driver Allegedly Damages Meat Truck After Donuts in Market Basket Parking Lot
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The following are entries from the Westford Police log for Sept. 14, 15 and 16.
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Saturday, Sept. 15
7:42 p.m. – Police investigated a motor vehicle accident on Groton Road. There were no injuries, but vehicles were towed.
Sept. 1, 1:25 p.m. – A meat truck with New York plates was spotted in the Market Basket plaza near Papa Gino’s with a blown right rear tire.
An initial assessment of the scene led officers to believe that the vehicle was damaged while the driver was doing “excessive donuts” in the parking lot, with several tire marks and a large chest freezer lying on its side approximately 20 feet away from the vehicle.
Officers contacted the property owners to see if they could tow the vehicle, which the owner approved.
The vehicle was registered in Yorkville, New York, but initial inquiries to law enforcement agencies in Yorkville and Whites County could not initially confirm if the car was stolen or abandoned.
Later that day, the officer on the call contacted the owner of the truck, who said that the driver was supposed to return it to him by Aug. 31 along with the meat he was supposed to sell, or money obtained by selling the meat.
However, the driver called the truck owner on Aug. 31 saying that he was leaving the truck in New Hampshire where he could “come and get it.”
At that point, he told the officer that he regretted giving this driver another chance, citing that he flew him to New York from Texas, and alleged he had drug issues in the past.
He told the officer that he would be reporting the truck as stolen and contacting his insurance company.
Then the officer called the phone number of the driver that was given by the truck owner. Initially the driver told the officer he had the wrong number and hung up, but the driver called back saying that he was afraid after threatening calls from the truck owner and was worried that the officer might have been associated with the truck owner.
According to the driver’s account, the truck was already in bad shape when he left New York and did not want to return due to concerns about getting home to Texas, although he also told the officer that he currently did not have an address in Texas.
Shortly after that, the driver hung up. A search of outstanding warrants proved negative.
Sept. 6, 4:41 p.m. – A lawyer from Groton came to the Westford Police Station to report an e-mail threat issued to her client from his ex-spouse, who now lives in Ayer.
The lawyer had advised her client to pursue a restraining order, which the officer told the lawyer the man could seek with the Ayer Police.
However, the client was hesitant to pursue a restraining order, so the lawyer wanted to document the incident here for the record.
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