NEWTON, MA — There’s no doubt local police have to deal with a lot of different types of people and calls, including some very serious and sad ones. But a call that came into the Taunton Police yesterday about a unique car crash had them shaking their heads in disbelief as one twist lead to the next. No one was seriously injured, but it did lead to one arrest, one confiscation of a bearded lizard and one gun scare; so they posted about it on Facebook.
“It almost sounds like a comedy skit,” wrote one person in a comment under the post.
When Taunton Police arrived at the crash they saw a woman standing next to a 1999 Mercedes C280 tucked into some trees on a front lawn and a man in the driver seat attempting to get it back on the road.
“That may have been possible if all four tires hadn’t been flattened in the crash, if all the airbags hadn’t deployed and both bumpers hadn’t been ripped off,” said police on Facebook, one of a couple jabs they took at the situation.
When officers approached the woman, Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, of Newton, she began laughing. Police said she was slurring her words and at times drooling. But she asked them to call a tow truck to pull the car to the roadway so they could be on their way.
“Sorry Amy, we can’t move the car right now. If we do, what will you use to hold yourself up?,” wrote police.
Officers also spoke to the man who had been trying to get the car out from the trees. He couldn’t remember his name, and was also slurring, was smoking near the car, which was leaking gas by this time, and an officer noticed he had what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon tucked in the rear of his waistband.
“Let’s recap for just a moment!! Two very intoxicated people in a car crash, neither of them coherent, unsteady on their feet, slurring and drooling. If that’s not a bad start, let’s throw the gun into the equation,” police vented on Facebook.
Police arrested Amy Rebello-McCarthy and charged her with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger and a marked lane violation.
But before she was arrested she let police know she had a Bearded Dragon Lizard – in her bra.
“The Bearded Dragon Lizard was transferred to the Taunton Police Department and turned over to the Animal Control Officer. It faces no charges at this time,” wrote police. End Scene.
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