Slippery conditions leads to slew of crashes in Amherst

  • Amherst police station

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 16, 2017

AMHERST — With roads covered in ice and snow, police responded to 23 motor vehicle crashes over the weekend, including one that ended with the arrest of an allegedly drunk driver.

Officers charged Michael S. Brandt, 21, of Boylston, with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Detective Nicholas Chandler said Brandt’s vehicle went off the road on Blackberry Lane at 2:46 a.m. Sunday, striking a tree and snowbank.

The force of the collision knocked several branches from the tree, which landed on a nearby parked vehicle, smashing its windows, Chandler said. Brandt’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Authorities reported three other significant crashes. A vehicle hit a Dumpster and two parked cars in a lot on Montague Road at 11:46 a.m. Friday. Another vehicle skidded off snow-covered Meadow Street into a fence at 12:22 p.m. that same day. At about 12:47 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle heading down Main Street sideswiped a parked vehicle on Main Street, tearing off the driver’s side door, police said.

Despite the slew of accidents, no injuries were reported.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.