An Andover man who police say was under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol when he took off with his 9-month-old twins in the car after an argument with his girlfriend last week has been charged with multiple offenses.

Ronald Ricci Jr., 29, of 3 Penobscot Way, Andover, was arrested on March 3 in the driveway at his house and charged with operating under the influence of drugs and two counts of operating under the influence of liquor with child endangerment, as well as malicious destruction of property in excess of $250.

According to police records, a Stop & Shop employee called police just after 3 p.m. reporting that an argument between a man and woman was taking place in the store’s parking lot on North Main Street.

Commander Charles Heseltine said that before officers reached the store, Ricci had taken off with his two infant children in the car. When officers arrived, Ricci’s girlfriend, the mother of the children, gave police his name and address.

Police went to Ricci’s home and observed him pulling his car into his driveway, Heseltine said.

“After an investigation, officers determined the subject to be under the influence of prescription drugs,” Heseltine said. “The two children were in his vehicle at the time of his arrest, hence the charges of reckless behavior.”

No injuries were reported to the children during the incident.

According to Heseltine, Ricci was also charged with destruction of property after allegedly causing more than $250 in damage to the jail cell door while in custody.


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