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Report: Driving Recklessly Around Mayor's Police Detail Gets Man Arrested

After getting pulled over once and swearing at a police officer assigned to the mayor's office, a Somerville man, laughing, sped past the mayor's car into oncoming traffic, according to a police report.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone waited in the car while a police officer assigned to his office made a traffic stop, issued a ticket, and ultimately arrested a man who was allegedly driving recklessly, according to a Somerville police report and the mayor's office.

According to the police report, Officer Alan Monaco, who is assigned to the mayor's office, and Curtatone were sitting in traffic at Powder House Rotary in an unmarked police car at about 11:30 a.m. on July 24 when the incident happened.

The traffic lights were red and there was a line of cars waiting for the signal to change when a man driving a 1994 Honda sped past everyone and went through a stop sign and red light, the report says.

Monaco waited for the lights to change, then activated his emergency lights and pulled over the driver, Heinsky Anacreon, 25, of 380 Somerville Ave., according to the report.

Anacreon told Monaco he didn't have identification on him and said, "Just give me a [expletive] ticket, here is my registration, that's good enough," the report says.

The Honda driver became agitated when Monaco asked if he was the owner of the vehicle, saying, "Whatever and you can't ask me out of my vehicle," according to the report. Eventually a second police unit arrived and officers frisked Anacreon, the report says.

Police ultimately determined Anacreon was the owner of the vehicle, and Monco asked why they had "go this far," to which the driver said, "Whatever man," according to the report.

Monaco told the man he would receive a citation in the mail and then let him go.

The officer and the mayor continued driving on Broadway when the same man sped past them on the left, crossing the double line and entering oncoming traffic, the report says.

Anacreon was laughing as he pulled this maneuver, according to the report.

Monaco pulled him over again, ordered him out of the vehicle and said he was under arrest, to which Anacreon said, "Why I was just trying to pass you," the report says.

Tom Champion, a spokesperson in the mayor's office, said that even though Monaco was assigned to the mayor at the time, he's an on-duty officer and had an obligation to pull over a reckless driver who was endangering the public.

Please remember that allegations contained in police reports do not indicate a conviction.

joan July 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Thank you, Officer Monaco, for your diligence. People who use motor vehicles as an attention-getter or assertion of power deserve to loose their operator's license. They should also be required to take a driver-training course and perform community service working at a hospital emergency room to see first hand the kind of damage such foolishness behind the wheel of a vehicle can cause

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