WEST BARNSTABLE – Most people take taxi cabs this time of year to avoid driving drunk. But what happens when your Holiday Taxi pick is operated by a cabby who’s already hammered himself?
Hopefully, you find another cab before it’s too late.
Shortly after 10:00PM last evening, Barnstable Police Patrolman Dennis Stampfl was dispatched to a car accident involving a single vehicle at the intersection of Route 6A and Route 132.
Upon arrival, Patrolman Stampfl discovered a traffic light and pole laying in the middle of the roadway. A witness reportedly saw a Town Taxi cab drive away from the scene.
After a brief search, Patrolman Stampfl located a Town Taxi with front end damage and a flat tire parked in front of the Burger King at Route 132 and Route 6. Upon further investigation, the cab driver was identified as the operator involved in the crash.
Patrolman Stampfl had picked up a piece of plastic from the accident scene back on Route 6A. When he compared the plastic with damage found on the taxi cab parked in front of Burger King, the plastic was a perfect fit for an area of missing lens on a damaged headlight assembly.
At some point during the investigation, the cab driver came under suspicion for being drunk.
The driver of Town Taxi cab number 21, Matthew J. Carey, age 25, of Sandwich, was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. Carey was also charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident.
The following video and photos highlight the scene at the Burger King parking area shortly after Carey was taken into custody. The video also shows the scene of the accident at Route 6A and Route 132… (Note: Patrolman Stampfl had already removed the traffic light and pole from the roadway… and the highway department was notified regarding the damaged traffic signal…)
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© 2016 Robert Bastille, HyannisNews.com