Three cars, a light pole, and vodka

Police got called to Gorham Street tonight for a report of a minivan runing amok. The minivan, pictured below, struck a Buick while driving inbound on the Lowell Connector, and then turned right onto Gorham Street.

The minivan continued on Gorham Street, where it struck a Dodge, and then clipped a Kia at Gorham and Central streets.

On Gorham Street, near Butler Avenue, the minivan struck a metal light pole, snapping it at the base and knocking it into the street.

Police found the minivan where it is pictured above, with it’s front, driver’s side wheel bent at a 90 degree angle from the car.

Here is some video of firefighters and EMT’s extricating the driver and getting him to an ambulance, and of the minivan being towed.

Police say the driver, John Currie, 55, of Coburn Avenue, in Dracut, was taken to Lowell General Hospital, where he was still being treated when I got a report on this crash about 11 p.m.

“He tried to drive away as (officers) approached him, even though he was stuck on the median,” said Capt. Thomas Meehan.

Police say Currie was not arrested since he was taken to LGH. Police say Currie told officers he thought he had about a pint of vodka, though officers found three empty vodka bottles in the back of his minivan.

Above is the light pole that was knocked down. It isn’t pictured where it initially fell. Firefighters picked it up and moved it out of Gorham Street.

Police say Currie will be summonsed to Lowell District Court to face charges of operating under the influence of liquor and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Drivers of the vehicles he allegedly struck were not hurt.

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4 responses to “Three cars, a light pole, and vodka

  1. Thank God–this series of crashes could have been-and usually would be-so much worse! My hope for the van driver is that he gets all the help he needs- even if it goes rough on him….

  2. Isn’t this suppose to be an ‘up to the minute’ Police Blog?
    If so, where is the article on the poor kid they found on Bridge St? Left unconcious on the side of the road by a bunch of cowards who shouldn’t be allowed to breathe.. Bunch of stupid punks in Lowell now a days who think they are so tough but need guns/knives/ or 3 other guys to ‘prove’ it..
    This city and the younger generation (this coming from a 25 year old) is getting worse and worse.. It’s disgusting, and I hope they catch those animals who did this to James..

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