Motor-Vehicle Accidents

On Thursday, Oct. 28, a three-car pileup at the intersection of Hospital Road and Front Street occurred when a pickup truck operated by a Groton resident rear-ended a white Subaru stopped in traffic. The driver was a Shirley resident.

The third vehicle, operated by a Devens resident, then hit the truck from behind, sustaining substantial damage to its front end and requiring a tow.

Damage to the other two vehicles was minor by comparison. There were no injuries and no citations were issued, according to the crash report.

On Monday, Nov. 1, a one-car accident occurred on Mill Street at 12:28 a.m. The lone occupant in the car when it crashed into the side of a house was the driver, a Pepperell woman who told police she had swerved to avoid hitting a cat.

The officer, suspecting alcohol may have been a factor due to a detected odor, administered field sobriety tests at the scene, which the driver passed.

She had a cut above her lip, according to the crash report, and an ambulance was dispatched, but she refused treatment.

The vehicle was towed.

A photo of the crash site shows impact damage to the home’s exterior along the foundation and under a window and including the window frame.

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, a two-vehicle accident occurred on Longley Road when a passing motorist driving a pickup truck collided with a post office vehicle near the Longley Trace housing development. The postal driver had been delivering mail to roadside boxes when it pulled out onto the roadway. Damage to both vehicles was relatively minor, and there were no injuries. No citations were issued.

An Ayer man reported to police Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6, that his car, a Mazda Protégé, had been sideswiped by another vehicle while parked at a Mill Street residence. Officer LaPrade investigated. According to the police report, the two parties exchanged insurance information and the incident is a civil matter.

Suspicious Activity

On Saturday night, Nov. 6, a caller reported suspicious activity on Pond View Circle, where people were “hanging out.” The caller requested extra police patrols in the area.


Not for the first time, a vacant house on Going Road, a dead-end off Great Road (Route 2A) was vandalized. In the past, rocks have been thrown through windows. This time, the caller reported that windows were smashed and the front door was kicked in.

Domestic Disturbance Out of Town

On Friday, Nov. 5, Shirley police provided mutual aid to Ayer police in responding to a domestic disturbance in the other town. Having already been called upon to assist with an unruly prisoner at the station, Shirley officers were there when the domestic call came in. An Ayer man was arrested in the incident for assault and battery and intimidating a witness. Shirley police took the female victim home.

Bullying at School?

Shirley Police went to Nashoba Tech in Westford Friday afternoon, Nov. 5, in response to a report that an eighth-grader had allegedly been bullied by a student at the school. According to the police report, Officer LaPrade spoke to the alleged victim and his mother and to the school principal.