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Officer Confronts Ninety Nine Employee Over Alleged Drug Use In Parking Lot

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

Sept. 19, 9:51 p.m. – While driving through the parking lot of the Ninety Nine Restaurant at the corner of Littleton and Concord roads, an officer saw a man quickly get out of a vehicle and bend behind a door.

As the officer pulled up to investigate, the man closed his door and quickly began to walk away, becoming agitated and saying that he was doing nothing other than leaving his card and worked at the restaurant.

The officer’s report indicated a smell of freshly burnt marijuana on the man, at which point the man stated his opinion that the officer did not have probable cause to investigate the situation.

At this point, the officer told the man he could smell the marijuana and the man asked if he was free to go.

The officer did say the man was free to go, but that he would be going into the restaurant to advise the manager about the incident.

After hearing this, the man insisted on following the officer into the restaurant.

Before the officer could say anything, the manager on duty asked if the man was smoking marijuana due to the smell and after the officer described what he saw, the manager said the issue would be dealt with.

Then the officer investigated the vehicle and discovered a baggie of containing less than one ounce of marijuana.

The baggie was later destroyed. The man was given a citation and advised that driving while under the influence of marijuana can result in arrest.

Oct. 6, 11:33 a.m. – An officer was dispatched to the area of Griffin Road and Mark Vincent Drive after a vehicle’s On Star activated after a motor vehicle crash.

After arriving at the scene, the officer found an elderly man being assisted by another man. Near the two men was a vehicle that had crashed into a tree.

Following medical assistance, the elderly man indicated that he was driving to a donut shop and was returning to his daughter’s house on the street, but could not recall why he went off the roadway.

The vehicle sustained moderate front end and roop top damage, but there were no signs of skid marks on the road.

Then the other man reported he was driving down Griffin Road and found the elderly man sitting in the driver’s seat, fully conscious. He asked if he could help, and the elderly man appeared to be “in shock,” but otherwise was fine.

The elderly man’s son-in-law arrived on the scene and reported that the elderly man had been living with him and the daughter for a year, but still had a house in New York.

The elderly man was given a citation and ordered to appear at Ayer District Court.