Hit and Run Driver Knocks Car into Building Causing Car/House Fire in Lawrence

(c) 2018 - Copyright Tom Duggan, The Valley Patriot

(c) 2018 – Copyright Tom Duggan, The Valley Patriot

In the early hours of Sunday morning Lawrence police and fire were called to Chester Street for a car crashed into a house. Within seconds of the first radio call, another emergency was dispatched that the car had caught fire and the fire was spreading to the house.

As firefighters worked diligently to put out the fire that melted away the siding on the home it crashed into, police talked to witnesses who said that the car had only crashed after being hit by another car that did not stop.

Lawrence police searched the area for a car with MA Firefighter plates as the hit and run vehicle. Within a few short minutes officers found the car still running inside a garage on South Bowdoin Street (just six blocks away) with the driver still inside.

Police called for assistance from the fire department to get into the garage, located the suspect and put him in an ambulance after he claimed to feel dizzy upon being caught.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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7 Responses to Hit and Run Driver Knocks Car into Building Causing Car/House Fire in Lawrence

  1. David Reply

    September 3, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    B.s. Tom Duggan stop reporting fallacies you could do so much better as a person if you took people’s feelings into account before you printed this crap my two year old grandson could do a better job of reporting if he could read or write. Oh wait I have a great idea I could just write down what I think he said and put my own twist on it. Isn’t that what you do on the daily.

    • Kyle Reply

      September 4, 2018 at 2:51 AM

      What fallacies did he report? I’m honestly asking because you dont mention any just throw out accusations. I also dont know what actually happened

  2. Lophat Joe Reply

    September 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    It appears to me that “David” probably knows the criminal involved. Hey Tom, don;t forget to take people’s feelings into account before you report something. Cuz you know, every other news outlet does that stuff. CNN, FOX all those folks call up the criminals, victims and witnesses to get the full story before running it. They don’t want to upset anyone, and heaven forbid someone actually cries or feels offended.

    • Brian Mullin Reply

      September 6, 2018 at 7:06 AM

      Well if he did a little investigating as reporters usually do he would have found out pretty quickly that it was not a hit and run and the what he put in the article is not true..there should be a retraction

  3. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    September 8, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    the story was accurate when we reported it

  4. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    September 8, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    I suggest all you geniuses go start your own paper then you can decide how and what to report

  5. Bob Reply

    September 11, 2018 at 7:01 AM

    If you know its not accurate now , why not retract the story and tell the truth ?

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