A motorist stopped for a loud exhaust on Ayer Road by Dunkin Donuts Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle after his driver’s license was suspended, subsequent offense. Nicholas Miller, 29, of Groton, was also charged with operating without a license and cited for the defective muffler.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

Late Friday night, Jan. 20, Detective Gregory Newman spotted a vehicle in the parking lot of Pizza Bella on Ayer Road. It was after 11 and the restaurant was closed. In the vehicle were two Townsend residents, both male, ages 23 and 26, who stated they were on their way home via Route 2.

But neither of the men had a valid driver’s license. Newman had the vehicle towed and gave the pair a ride to Wendy’s in Ayer. According to the police report, the driver will be summoned on a charge of operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

On Saturday, Jan. 21, roads were slippery with snow and there were a couple of accidents in town. Saturday morning, it was reported that a vehicle slid off the road and onto a stone wall at Stow and Westcott roads. The vehicle was gone when police arrived and there was no sign of damage to the wall, Officer Scott Hughes said.

On Saturday afternoon, a single-vehicle accident occurred on Ayer Road that presumably was relatively minor and did not result in injury. The crash report was not done, however.

A resident later called police about a vehicle at the side of Still River Road facing the wrong way. The car may have slid off the roadway but it was not reported as an accident.

A two-car collision was reported early Friday morning on Ayer Road by Dunkin Donuts. According to the crash report, the first vehicle was pulling out of Dunkin Donuts when it was hit by the second vehicle, traveling north on Ayer Road.

Vehicle one was towed and the driver was faulted for the accident, Officer Hughes said. The operator was cited for failure to use caution when entering or turning onto a roadway. Neither driver was injured. Both were Harvard residents.

— M.E. Jones