A Salisbury man who allegedly stole a tow truck before leading police on a short chase in Wenham was also drunk, according to police.
Wenham police arrested Michael A. Carleo, 25, of 7A Shea St. in Salisbury early Tuesday morning in Hamilton.
It all started at 3:38 a.m. when a Peterbilt flatbed tow truck was reported stolen from Tobyne Towing at 32 Cummings Ave. in downtown Hamilton.
Minutes later, Sgt. Jonathan Gray saw a tow truck pass him on Main Street, turning on to Arbor Street. He confirmed with Officer Joe Achadinha that it was the stolen truck.
“The guy then turned on to School Street and then on to Perkins Street,” said Sgt. Mark Fraser on Tuesday, passing near .
Carleo then brought the tow truck to a slow stop and jumped out and ran into the woods.
A State Police dog was called in to help searching for Carleo. Trooper Brian McKenna and his dog, Drago, helped track Carleo back to the area of Tobyne Towing on Cummings Avenue. Carleo was caught by 4:50 a.m.
Carleo, despite his Salisbury address, is no stranger to the area. In an online court log five years ago, Carleo listed an address on Cummings Avenue next door to Tobyne Towing.
On Tuesday, Carleo was charged with driving after suspension for operating under the influence of alcohol, receiving stolen property valued over $250, resisting arrest, third offense operating under the influence and operating while revoked for operating under the influence of alcohol.
Carleo was arraigned on Tuesday at Ipswich District Court in Newburyport. Wenham Police Officer Brent Marong also assisted with the arrest.