AYER — A Shirley man has been charged with his second drunken-driving offense after police said he crashed a tow truck on Oak Ridge Drive last Friday night.

Ayer police were dispatched to Calvin Street at Snake Hill Road at 11 p.m. for a report of a hit-and-run property-damage accident. It was reported that a red and white colored tow truck had struck a fence and drove off heading west on Calvin Street.

As officers responded to the scene, another call came in reporting a tow truck had crashed off nearby Oak Ridge Drive. Officers located the vehicle and operator crashed into a cluster of large trees at 20 Oak Ridge Drive.

The vehicle was a 1996 International 400 ramp truck and the operator was still seated behind the wheel.

The truck ran over and destroyed a Verizon metal junction box, took out a mail box and came within inches of striking the residence.

The tow truck operator was identified as Michael Mallard, 45, of Shirley. Police state that Mallard had extremely red and glassy bloodshot eyes, thickly slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.

Police state that, at the scene, Mallard admitted to consuming at least two drinks that evening. After complaining of head and neck injuries, Mallard was transported to Nashoba Valley Medical Center by Ayer Fire Department ambulance.

Upon his discharge from the hospital, Mallard was placed under arrest for OUI-liquor (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.