Amherst police investigate reports of smashed windows
AMHERST — Windows were broken on several vehicles parked in Amherst and on the University of Massachusetts campus during the Presidents Day weekend.
Amherst police got the first report of a vehicle forcibly entered Saturday at 1:58 a.m. on Cowls Road, when the owner discovered items had been rummaged through but nothing had been stolen, said Detective Greg Wise.
At 2:02 a.m., four men were seen smashing windows on vehicles parked at Brandywine Apartments on North Pleasant Street. The men fled to an apartment and were identified, but the matter remains under investigation, Wise said.
Sunday at 3:52 a.m., UMass police reported seeking suspects after vehicles parked outside John Adams dormitory had their windows smashed. Amherst police stopped a suspect vehicle in the center of town and UMass police took two people into custody who are believed to have caused the damage, Wise said.
Another car window was intentionally broken by its owner during a disturbance at Village Park Friday at 9:51 p.m. Police received a report that an intoxicated man was upset that he couldn’t get the door open, so he broke out the window to get in and then drove off.
More than four hours later, Saturday at 1:55 a.m., the vehicle was located at a Belchertown Road business and Blake Andrew Spencer, 23, of Springfield, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Wise said.
Spencer was one of four drunken drivers arrested during the weekend.
The most significant incident involving a drunken driver came when police said Sihem Mellah, 22, of 32 Cowls Road, was driving a vehicle that went off the road and into a house at 388 Pine St. Saturday at 3:36 a.m.
Mellah was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop or yield and failure to wear a seat belt, Wise said.
No one was injured in the accident, Wise said.
Police officers also responded to a fight in the parking lot outside a downtown bar Saturday at 12:41 a.m. While clearing out most of the large crowd people, one man, identified as Brian J. Alves, 26, of 50 Meadow St., unit 53, allegedly refused to cooperate with police.
“The fight ended before police got there, but he had blood running down his face,” Wise said.
Alves was aggressive and wouldn’t follow instructions and was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, Wise said.