Billerica Town Manager John Curran has declared a Snow Emergency for Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The Snow Emergency will be in effect from 8 AM until 8 PM. During this time, parking on all public ways will be prohibited. Vehicles found parked on public ways will be subject to a $50.00 fine and towing. The Chief of Police requests the cooperation of all residents to comply with this public safety ordinance to insure that snow plowing operations will not be hampered by illegally parked vehicles.
Billerica – On Thursday, February 23, 2017, at approximately 3:00 AM, Billerica Police responded to the area of Route 3 North by exits 27 and 28 for a report of a failure to stop pursuit by Bedford Police. Information received from Bedford Police indicated that they were in pursuit of a vehicle previously having been sought by the Revere Police Department for a serious domestic related incident in their city. Furthermore, it was also learned that said vehicle was previously pursued by the Massachusetts State Police on various roadways in the Commonwealth following the incident in Revere.
Upon responding to Route 3 northbound in the area of exit 28, Officer Robert Moran was rammed from behind by the suspect vehicle, described as a blue 2009 Hyundai Sonata. At the time Officer Moran was rammed from behind, his police cruiser was in motion with its emergency lights activated. Both the Billerica Police Cruiser and the Hyundai Sonata were seriously damaged and disabled from the collision. Officer Moran, who sustained undetermined, non-life threatening injuries from the collision, was later transported to Lahey Hospital in Burlington. The operator of the Hyundai Sonata, subsequently identified as the individual being sought by Revere Police as Carolos Lomba, 45, of Revere, fled the scene on foot. A perimeter containment area was set up with assistance from Bedford and Mass State Police. After an approximate one hour search, Billerica Police apprehended Carlos Lomba following a short foot pursuit in the area of the Route 3 southbound off ramp by Treble Cove Road and Esquire Road.
Carlos Lomba was booked at the Billerica Police Department on numerous charges related to the operation of his vehicle on Route 3 and subsequent arrest, including Reckless Operation of a MV, Speeding, Marked Lanes Violations, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident with Personal Injury, and Resisting Arrest. Additional charges related to the collision into the Billerica Police cruiser are being sought by the Massachusetts State Police. Moreover, Carlos Lomba faces a litany of charges from the Bedford Police and Revere Police. Mr. Lomba will be arraigned on Billerica Police charges in Lowell District Court later today.
**All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court
The Town of Billerica has declared a snow emergency parking ban starting tonight 12:00 AM for 24 hours. No on street parking will be allowed during the ban. Vehicles found parked on the street will be towed. In addition, there will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday. Pickup throughout town will be delayed by one day as a result. Thank you for your cooperation.
Billerica – On Thursday, December 8, 2016, at approximately 2:30 PM, detectives from the Billerica
and Tewksbury Police Department arrested Joel Perez-Matos, 31, currently living in Acton, MA for charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine (subsequent offense) in Billerica. Perez-Matos was stopped by detectives following tips received from Billerica residents of suspicious activity in the North Billerica area. A subsequent roadside search of his motor vehicle by a Billerica narcotics sniffing canine lead to the discovery of a large amount of individually packaged quantities of what is believed to be heroin and cocaine. In addition, approximately $1,600 in various denominations of U.S. Currency was located on the defendant. Perez-Matos provided a false name to officers on scene but was later positively identified through his fingerprints. Perez-Matos was previously deported to the Dominican Republic in 2012 following a Massachusetts State Prison term for similar offenses. In addition to the drug charges, Perez-Matos is being charged with Operating with a Suspended driver’s license. He will be arraigned in Lowell District Court on December 9, 2016.
**All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Kicks Off Extra Patrols During Holidays
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Commander Ronald Balboni
Billerica, MA – December 6, 2016- The Billerica police will be increasing the number of patrols over the holidays through a special grant from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The Billerica Police Department will join more than 200 local police departments across the state and the State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.
“Beginning December 9 and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Dan Rosa. “We are taking a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving this holiday season to keep our roads safe for all motorists.”
“Drivers who will be celebrating this holiday season should plan for a sober ride home before they go out,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division. “We want all drivers to remember the responsibility they have to drive safely and to avoid getting behind the wheel if they’re impaired. Crashes caused by an impaired driver are preventable.”
Nationally, nearly one in three people (29 percent) were killed last year in motor vehicle crashes in which alcohol was a factor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tips for motorists:
• Plan for a sober ride home before celebrating this holiday season. Use a ride sharing or taxi service, the MBTA, or a designated driver if you will be consuming alcohol and then travelling.
• If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
• Stay in control by wearing your seat belt on every trip. Seat belts keep drivers behind the wheel in a crash.
• Stay off your devices when driving.
To view the Highway Safety Division’s (HSD) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” :15 and :30 TV spots in English and Spanish, please visit www.mass.gov/drivesober.