Falmouth crash, Hyannis road rage; West Falmouth home fire possibly started by Christmas lights; Yarmouth 3rd offense OUI

Falmouth sports car crash into woods
FALMOUTH - A Mazda Miata failed to negotiate a curve in the 200 block of Old Meetinghouse Rd early Tuesday afternoon.

The small sports car skidded of the road and landed in the woods incredibly sustaining minor damage. and the lone adult male driver escaped injury.

The crash was being investigated by Falmouth PD, while a local tow company removed the Mazda from the tangle of trees and branches.
(Story and photo by Eric Tinglof/CWN).

Barnstable Police investigate road rage incident
- At around 2 p.m. today Barnstable Police responded to a 911 cell call from a female driver on Main Street in Hyannis who was trying to get away from an alleged road rage incident that started on or near Pearl Street. The victim told police that a male driver in a pickup truck got out of his vehicle and tried to circle hers in anger after a road rage incident. The woman was able get away and reach Stevens Street and spoke with police for several minutes. The suspect managed to flee before police arrived. The investigation is continuing. (Story and photos by Frank Paparo/CWN).

West Falmouth home fire

falmouth121807ab_250WEST FALMOUTH - A very rapid response to a structure fire at 633 West Falmouth Highway in West Falmouth at 7:06 a.m. Tuesday morning avoided what could have been a much more severe situation. The multi-unit apartment home suffered considerable damage to an apartment in the first floor front of the structure with smoke damage to the rest of the building. All of the several occupants of the building escaped without injury.

The rapid response was aided by the location of Falmouth Fire Station 4 at 555 West Falmouth Highway.

The fire drew a full response from Falmouth Fire and a mutual aid engine from Mashpee stood by at Fire Station 1 for coverage. The fire was called under control and command terminated by 8:10 a.m.

Initial reports indicated the fire was started by Christmas lights in close proximity to curtains around the front window of the downstairs front apartment on the west side of the building. 

(Story and photos by Eric Tinglof/CWN).

Police Arrest 3rd Time Drunk Driver
- On Tuesday about 1:40 a.m. Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren reportedly observed a 1996 Volvo traveling north on Highbank Road in South Yarmouth at a high rate of speed. A speed check by radar indicated the vehicle was traveling 53 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone. In addition the vehicle was also operating erratically as it drifted back and forth and across the marked centerline and the fog line.

A check of the vehicle registration using the onboard cruiser computer indicated that the registered owner had an expired drivers license. The vehicle was stopped and the operator was determined to have an expired license and exhibited signs of intoxication.

With back-up protection provided by Patrol Officer Melissa Alden, a series of six standardized field sobriety tests were administered that police say verified intoxication and impairment. The operator, 53-year-old Michael G. Donohue of South Dennis, was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (3rd offense), operating to endanger, operating without a license, marked lanes violation and speeding. His vehicle was impounded and he was transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. After completing the booking process, the bail commissioner set bail at $2,500 cash and he was held overnight. He was scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court this morning. (Mugshot furnished by YPD).


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