Fitchburg Police Chief witnesses DWI crash at WaterTower Plaza, Leominster woman arrested

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LEOMINSTER – On Wednesday, March 22, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Officer Shane Crawford of the Leominster Police Department responded to a car accident involving two heavily damaged vehicles at the intersection of North Main Street and Hamilton Street, outside the WaterTower Plaza.

Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau – who just happened to witness the accident – was on scene when Officer Crawford arrived. Chief Martineau informed Officer Crawford that the driver of one vehicle, Lana Hurley, was intoxicated, adding that he saw her hit the other vehicle from behind as it was attempting to take a left turn at the intersection.

Hurley, a 35-year-old Leominster resident, was laughing and speaking with slurred speech when Officer Crawford approached her. He also observed multiple open nip bottles strewed about the floor of her vehicle.

According to Officer Crawford’s Narrative for the incident, Hurley refused to comply with his instructions, at one point threatening to fight him saying, “You wanna f$ckin’ roll with me?!?! You ain’t gonna do s$it!”

Hurley was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

After she was transported to the Leominster police station by another officer, Officer Crawford went back to Hurley’s vehicle to retrieve the open containers of alcohol. In total, he said there were eight largely empty nips, “all with seal cracked and containing small amounts of liquor at the bottom.” He also found a ninth nip that was about half empty. In addition to the nips were two open 24oz cans of Bud Light. One of the beer cans was empty and the other was approximately half full. Officer Crawford said the bottles were all still cold to the touch.

Hurley’s bail was set at $40, and she was arraigned in Leominster District Court on March 23. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 1.

No one was injured in the accident.

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