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Medford driver faces 5 charges, loses license

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A 37-year-old Medford man faces five charges and has had his operating license seized following a motor vehicular accident in Arlington.

Brian M. Buckley was charged in the incident with operating under the influences (second offense), leaving the scene of property damage, license suspension, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating after revocation of registration.

A police report provides a narrative from the officers' perspectives about the 7:12 p.m. Sunday, July 21, case:

Police were dispatched to the area of Ridge Street and Oldham Road to investigate a report of a motor vehicle that had driven on a resident's lawn and then struck a telephone pole before leaving the area down Ridge toward the Stratton School. The vehicle was described as a Red Honda Civic, registration unknown.

At a Ridge St. address, police spoke with the reporting party, who said he was outside his house playing with his kids when he saw a Red Honda Civic operated by a white male drive onto his lawn from Oldham.

The vehicle then backed up, striking the utility pole at the edge of his property with the front driver's side bumper and leaving behind two pieces of the front fender. Red-paint transfer was observed on the telephone pole. A relative was able to get a picture of the vehicle as it fled. An officer was able to zoom in on the image and see the Mass. registration. The number came back as registered to Brian Buckley, who had a suspended license from last September and revoked for insurance in April.

Police located the suspect vehicle pulled over at Summer and Edgehill. An officer saw a male, later known as Buckley, out of the vehicle attempting to change the front driver's side tire.

Asked to drop the tire iron, Buckley responded with a "blank stare," causing an officer to ask twice more before he complied.

Asked where the damage to his vehicle had come from, Buckley said he had hit a curb. Asked where that was, he said, "a block away," and pointed westbound on Summer toward Mill. Buckley said he was the only operator of the vehicle. As he moved away from the fence he was leaning on, police said he was very unsteady on his feet. He at first declined to submit to standardized field sobriety tests.

Asked again about testing, he agreed. Following tests, Buckley was arrested and handcuffed.

This news summary was published Friday, July 26, 2019.

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