Police talk suicidal man off the Duck bridge
LAWRENCE — Police talked a suicidal, 31-year-old man off the Duck Bridge Wednesday afternoon.
Officer Gary Yancey was the first on the scene, and found the man standing on the outer ledge of the bridge, holding on with the Merrimack River directly below him, he wrote in a report.
He shut his cruiser sirens off as he approached and asked other officers to do to the same, so the suicidal man wouldn’t be startled.
The man told Yancey “they don’t want to help me. I want to jump,” he wrote.
But “I informed him that I wanted to help him and that’s what I was there for,” Yancey said.
Traffic was blocked on both the north and south sides of the bridge while Yancey and officers Michael Montecalvo and Jose Martinez helped the man.
The man said he was suffering from some mental health issues but didn’t feel the group he was in was helping him. Police said they would refer him to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen for help.
Yancey and Montecalvo each took one of the man’s hands and helped him over the railing. Patriot ambulance took the man to Holy Family.
Lawrence man charged after driving into parked car
LAWRENCE — A local man was charged Wednesday night after he drove into a parked Lexus SUV at Haverhill and Perry streets, police said.
Patrick Mcleod, 31, of 270 Canal St., #433, Lawrence was arrested and charged for driving while under the influence of drugs and illegal possession of class A, B and E substances (suboxone, adderol and oxycodone).
Mcleod was driving a 2011 Honda when he “lost control of his car and smashed into the parked car,” according to report by officer Thomas Murphy.
Area onlookers, who watched the accident from a local bar and pizza shop, said after the crash, Mcleod took some pill bottles and threw them over a nearby fence, according to Murphy’s report.