LEOMINSTER – On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11:19 p.m., Officer William Taylor of the Leominster Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Wells Court following a report of an intoxicated male on the front lawn.
“Upon arrival, the male, later identified as Hazim Altameemi, was sitting on [the caller’s] front steps,” wrote Officer Taylor in his Narrative.
According to Officer Taylor, a garbage barrel was tipped over and a “No Trespassing” sign was posted in the driveway, adjacent to Altameemi. Altameemi is a 43-year-old who rents an apartment on Laurel Street.
“I informed Hazim that he needed to get off the steps because the home owner had called police and did not want him there,” wrote Officer Taylor in his Narrative. “Hazim failed to comply. Hazim repeatedly turned around and called out toward the home what sounded like ‘William!’ (though I later learned it was actually the name of his wife, Hiyam). I asked Hazim to stop doing this because it was contributing to a disturbance, but he continued.”
According to Officer Taylor, he was unable to communicate with Altameemi because he was heavily intoxicated.
“I asked Hazim to come down one step from where he was sitting so that I could move past him to make my way up the steps to speak with [the homeowner/911 caller]. Hazim appeared unable to do this under his own power, so I assisted him,” wrote Officer Taylor in his Narrative. “Hazim was very unsteady on his feet, and I feared that he posed a significant danger to himself (to wit, a fall risk on pavement) if left on his own.”
The homeowner who called 911 told Officer Taylor that neither he, nor anyone in his family knew Altameemi. The man’s wife said that she heard Altameemi knock over their trash barrel, then saw him climb over the fence and fall into their yard. According to Officer Taylor, the woman added that Altameemi may have struck his head in the fall, after which he laid in the yard for a while.
Altameemi was taken into protective custody and arrested for Disturbing the Peace and Trespassing.
“I offered Hazim to go to the hospital for detoxification services with the hope to apply for a later hearing at the Leominster District Court to answer for charges of Disturbing the Peace and Trespassing, but I had no further success communicating with him,” wrote Officer Taylor in his Narrative. “I placed Hazim in Protective Custody and under arrest for the two aforementioned charges without incident.”
Altameemi’s bail was set at $40.
He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on Nov. 7, after which he was released on his own personal recognizance.
At his next scheduled court date on Nov. 10, Judge Andrew Abdella found Altameemi responsible for Trespassing. The Disturbing the Peace charge was dismissed upon a request of the Commonwealth as well as the defendant.
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