Officer Kevin Gillan was driving the Lowell Police prisoner transport wagon on Fletcher Street, at Bowers Street, tonight about 9:30 p.m., when he radioed for dispatch to send firefighters and a cruiser to a crash he came across.
Then he told dispatchers to send an ambulance, as a woman screamed in the background.
I was interested.
I arrived on Fletcher Street to find a white Hyundai Accent with front end damage and air bags deployed. A woman who was in the passenger seat of that car was being put into a stretcher by firefighters and EMTs.
Police were talking to the female driver of the Hyundai.
The Hyundai collided with a Honda, who’s 63-year-old male driver was calmly talking to police. A woman in her 60’s who was a passenger in his car was taken to Lowell General Hospital.
Then I noticed some commotion, and saw the female driver of the Hyundai pushing her way though emergency crews toward the passenger in her car, who was on a stretcher being put in a neck brace.
The driver pushed through emergency crews while repeatedly telling the woman on the stretcher not to go to the hospital.
Police repeatedly asked her to step back, and when she didn’t, they grabbed her and pulled her back so firefighters and EMT’s could continue to work. That’s when I started shooting video.
The woman eventually calmed down a bit, but complained her handcuffs were too tight. Police found a prescription bottle full of klonopin in her purse, with the name on the prescription blacked out.
I watched as police found two knives and another prescription bottle in her purse.
She was placed in the prisoner transport wagon and taken into the police station for booking.
The passenger in her car was taken to Lowell General Hospital.
Police tell me Leanne Lamarche, 25, of 23 Prince Ave., Lowell, was charged with assault and battery on an EMT, interfering with the duty of a public official, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of a class C substance, and two counts of violating the city’s dangerous weapon ordinance.
Here is a weird, out of focus picture that I got as she was put in the wagon.
Not sure what happened with that exposure.
Lamarche is being held at the police station because a bail commissioner has not yet set bail. None of the injuries in the crash were serious.