Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 6, 2013

Teen jailed after crashing car into tree on Elm Street

Injured passengers facing cocaine charges

Two people are still in the hospital and one person is in jail following a violent, one-car crash on Elm Street late last week.

Bradford Miller, 19, of 18 Dale St., Apt. 4B, Andover, was behind the wheel of his 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer at around 1 a.m. Friday when he lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree in front of 83 Elm St.

Miller was out of the car and walking around the accident scene when police arrived while two people were trapped in the crumpled vehicle.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was arraigned in his hospital room at Lawrence General Hospital Friday afternoon on multiple charges, including two counts of operating under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury, being a minor in possession of alcohol, speeding, a marked lanes violation and possession of cocaine.

Because he has a separate, outstanding drunken-driving case against him from last June, Miller was remanded to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and taken to Middleton Jail, where he will be incarcerated for at least the next 60 days.

The two passengers in the car, also from Andover, were more seriously injured and remained in the hospital for several days following the accident.

Michael Lyons, 19, of 12 High Vale Lane, was in the back seat of the car. Theodore Pineault, 19, of 15 County Road, was in the front seat. While police and fire rescue officials were able to get Lyons out of the car shortly after the accident, it took about 30 minutes for firefighters to cut the roof off the car to remove Pineault, whose legs were pinned by the dashboard.

Lyons was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, according to his father, state Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover.

Police have issued summonses on cocaine possession charges to the two passengers, who have been in trouble with police in the past.

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