Sometimes I feel like a blog entry could use a little commentary, just to make it more interesting, or a little funny. I think this one can stand on its own.
It was about 2:15 p.m., on Saturday, when police were called to the Rourke Bridge for a report of a man falling asleep at the wheel. An officer soon found a man in traffic at Wood Street and Princeton Boulevard, which, in past years at least, has been one of the most dangerous intersections in the state.
Police say the driver was asleep at the wheel, in traffic, with his chin resting on his chest as his car sat at a red light in drive. An officer approached, opened the driver’s side door, and reached inside in an attempt to put the car in park, police said.
As the office did that, police say Sean Stanek, 36, of 94 A St., Lowell, woke up, hit the gas, and dragged the officer 20 to 30 feet through traffic before the officer managed to free himself and fall into the street, suffering scrapes and bruises. The officer was okay. I spoke to him about two hours later.
Once the car was stopped, officers got Stanek out, and found a 3 to 4-year-old boy sitting in the back seat, unbuckled, according to police. Police say Stanek smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes, and had a Dunkin Donuts cup full of liquor in the car, along with a bottle of Canadian Club whiskey.
While officers were arresting Stanek he began to struggle, but was soon subdued and handcuffed, police said. He is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, child endangerment while under the influence, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (pavement), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (car), failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, failure to restrain a child, and operating after suspension.
Stanek got locked up for Christmas. The child in the backseat got taken to Lowell General Hospital for Christmas, while police filed a 51A report with the Department of Children and Families, who later released the child into his mother’s custody.