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Salisbury Man, Allegedly Drunk, Leads Police on Short Chase in Stolen Tow Truck

Wenham police shortly chased an allegedly drunk man driving a stolen tow truck early Tuesday morning.

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.

Michelle Bailey September 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
And that is why the gate on School St should be closed to through traffic. If this had been at 3:30pm instead of 3:30am, that area would have been full of kids playing after school. While the police officer may have behaved differently at a different time of day, the person driving the truck would not have know he was headed into a playground....why do we have a playground with a road running right down the middle?
kerstin locherie October 08, 2012 at 05:50 AM
The Carleo family has lived in our town for years and are good people. This is a case where, Michael and the police were over-reacting, as Mr. Carleo was known to have worked for Tobyne Towing and if not provoked would never had driven off Having a substance abuse problem and the police knowing this. Should have followed at a distance, until in a safe location to pursue. Again this is the rodeo action as seen on TV which does not have to be Hamilton Police policy. These young people do not need longer and detailed police records, preventing them from gainful employment. They need community support and help. Leadership by our police can either come from mentoring, coaching for success or we can continue down the same old road of incarceration. Otherwise known as setting them up for failure. I've known this young adult over the years, if given a break and meaningful employment, many of these young people could be set up for success. Our prison system is bursting at the seams with similar stories, sitting in Middleton and other prisons throughout the commonwealth. I believe that our military could serve two purposes in lieu of always waging war. Bring our troops home, mentor our challenged youth in becoming new recruits & future soldiers. If we do not take alternative actions, our country will be rife with youth who will soon become adults taxing our system by collecting, welfare, SSDI, EBT, SNAP, WIC and become chronically unemployed along with their children and wives.
Stephen Christian October 08, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I would have to agree with you Michelle. I am not sure how anyone is ever provoked to commit a crime. The safety of our kids must be a high priority. I have seen to many cars fly down the road between the park and the school, including the Senior Van.
Concerned October 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Kerstin, please tell me you are trying to prevoke a reaction because you can't really be this naive. Your post is filled with misinformation and it's clear to me you have lived under the H/W bubble for quite some time now. Please explore the world for a year or two then get back to us and let us know what you've learned. Either that or you could start employing these junkie thieves and let them be your neighbor and see how that works out for you. Good luck

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