EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 8, 2013

Pair arrested in Salem rest area

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — Two Dover residents face charges after they attracted an officer’s attention in the rest area off Interstate 93.

Officer Nick Turner was patrolling through the parking lot there at 9:30 Wednesday morning. He noticed a car with cardboard and sheets covering the windows.

Upon closer look, Turner saw the sheets moving. He made contact with the two people in the backseat — James Vigeant, 25, and Katie OLeary–Valdez, 25.

But the information Vigeant provided the officer didn’t add up. After contacting other departments, Turner discovered he was lying about his identity and had an active bench warrant out of Hampton District Court, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said,

OLeary-Valdez confirmed Vigeant’s false identiy, he said, and both were taken into custody.

While the two were being booked at the police station, police found hypodermic needles and a small quantity of heroin hidden in the female suspect’s groin area.

Both suspects refused the services of a bail commissioner and were taken to the county jail pending arraignment in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

Vigeant was charged with making false reports to law enforcement, and held on the Hampton warrant.

OLeary–Valdez was charged with hindering apprehension, heroin possession and falsifying physical evidence.