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Tractor-Trailer Driver Slams Into Stoplight Along Bruce Freeman Rail Trail In July Incident

The following information was provided by the Westford Police Department. Anyone arrested is assumed innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

July 21, 5:01 p.m. – An officer went to the Butterfly Place after reports of 20 to 25 adolescents heading up to Merrill’s Quarry, which is closed to the public.

The Butterfly Place was closed, and a car was found in the parking lot.

After this, the officer went up to the quarry and ordered the approximate dozen children there to leave.

July 25, 4:52 p.m. – Two cyclists reported that earlier in the afternoon, a black pickup truck driver “layed on” his horn at them between Carlisle Road and Griffin Road, driving past them afterward at a speed exceeding posted limits.

The driver was discovered and told police that the cyclists were travelling in a pack of 15, hogging the road.

He admitted to travelling around a double yellow line illegally, but said he did not “lay on the horn” as indicated.

The officer told the driver no charges were being filed and asked him to share the road with the cyclists in the future.

July 25, 5:58 p.m. – An erratic tractor-trailer driver with Connecticut plates slammed into a stop light near the intersection of Acton and Carlisle roads, turning right onto Carlisle.

The vehicle was eventually stopped by Carlisle police, with Westford officers assisting on the scene.

A moderate smell of alcohol was detected from the driver was according to reports, although the driver indicated he had not imbibed alcohol since a Red Sox game two weeks earlier.

He also indicated that his alleged unsteady posture was “due to gum he was chewing.”

After discovering that the driver’s log book had not been filled out for three days, officers investigated the vehicle, finding half-empty beer cans, which the driver denied knowledge of possessing.

The officer then told the driver that the presence of alcohol inside the cab of a commercial truck is a violation, let alone the open containers.

Shortly before the truck was towed, the driver was placed under arrest.