Note: This was updated at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
The Massachusetts State Police arrested a 52-year-old Medford man Wednesday evening on Salem Street in Lynnfield after he sideswiped a cruiser while allegedly operating under the influence.
State Police charged Vance Brown of Medford, with operating under the influence of liquor, 3rd offense, and operating without lights.
According to the State Police, Brown's 2001 Ford Focus did not have its headlights on at the time he struck the rear quarter panel of a cruiser driven by Trooper Julio Perez. At the time, the State Police vehicle was on the side of the road with its lights flashing and Perez was conducting a separate motorist stop. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.
After striking the rear portion of the vehicle, Brown also allegedly clipped the open driver's side door of the cruiser, forcing the trooper to jump out of the way at the last second, police said.
Editor's Note: In a later clarification, the State Police reported that Trooper Perez was forced to grab the light bar of his cruiser and jump straight up in order to avoid being struck by the oncoming vehicle.
"I had nowhere to go but up," Perez said. The Trooper reportedly landed on his feet on the hood of the Ford Focus.
Brown's vehicle then reportedly came to rest against the open door of the cruiser. In the moments leading up to this crash, Perez, who was outside of his vehicle at the time, noticed it approaching his car and tried to shine a flashlight to get Brown's attention, police said.
State Police report that after the crash, he still had to get clear of the vehicles by stepping on to the hood of Brown's car. The trooper reported that he detected the odor of alcohol in the car in question and asked Brown several times to place the car in park and remove the keys from the ignition. Subsequent investigation allegedly found an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath, while troopers also noted slurred speech and red, glassy eyes. They also indicated that the suspect had difficulty maintaining his balance.
Determining Brown to be impaired, troopers transported him to the State Police Barracks in Danvers and booked him, according to reports. He was due to be arraigned in Peabody District Court Thursday morning.