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Haverhill

March 12, 2014

Man tired of cars crashing in yard

Police to watch area, after one car hits house

HAVERHILL — A man whose home is on one of the busiest streets in the city said he’s tired of cars ending up in his front yard.

Neil Stephenson, whose home is at 1028 Main St. on Route 125, wants the city to solve the problem.

Stephenson said he emailed his concerns to local officials, including the mayor, chief of police and city councilors, asking what the city can do to prevent vehicles from ending up on his property.

He said the first time it happened was in 2012 and that it’s happened twice since December.

Stephenson said the latest incident happened early Sunday morning, when a driver who thought he was being chased by police lost control of his car and ended up in Stephenson’s front yard. The car came to a stop just a few feet from the front of Stephenson’s house.

“The city needs to do something,” he said. “Police need to come up here and see what’s going on.”

Stephenson was contacted yesterday by police Capt. Michael Wrenn in response to his email.

Wrenn told The Eagle-Tribune that police will conduct a traffic study, which includes installing a traffic counter on a utility pole near Stephenson’s home. The data will provide police with the average speed of vehicles passing by and the day and time, Wrenn said.

“This will allow us to deploy our resources most effectively, assuming there is a speed problem occurring,” Wrenn said.

“We’ll also put a speed board out (digital light board) which is an effective tool for drivers who may not be paying attention to their speed,’’ he said, ‘‘and we’ll supplement that with additional enforcement.’’

Stephenson, 50, works in his home repairing electronics such as tube and solid state amplifiers, as well as string instruments such as guitars and cellos. He said he was home during all three incidents involving cars on his property.

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