Wareham police respond to 2 suicide calls, drunk driving accident
On Monday, July 10 Wareham Police responded to 13 calls for service within the span of one hour: two involving attempted suicides and one for a serious car accident.
At about 5:50 p.m., Officer Calib Larue responded to call for a suicidal person.
Upon arrival, Larue found an individual armed with a knife to their throat. Marion Police Sgt. Jeffrey Tripp and Officer Anthony Dicarlo were called in to assist Larue as all other cruisers were tied up. After a tense standoff, Larue was able to talk the person into dropping the knife.
A few minutes later, officers responded to another call for a suicidal person who had fled into the woods armed with a knife. Sgt. Herbert Noble and Officer Matthew Donovan responded. After a short search, the person was located and said to be cooperative with police.
Both individuals were taken to Tobey Hospital for evaluation.
At 5:58 p.m., officers responded to a serious accident near 271 Plymouth Avenue where one person was transported to Tobey Hospital with minor injuries.
Officer Nate Aronson responded to the crash, finding one of the cars involved overturned in the street. After an investigation, it was determined that the car driven by Ralph Hunter, 33, of Everett, had lost control after going off the side of the road. The car had struck a stump and then the other car before rolling over.
During the course of the investigation, it was also determined that Hunter was operating under the influence of alcohol. Police said Hunter became unruly at the scene, waving his arms and yelling.
Hunter resisted arrest and three officers were needed to handcuff him. He is being charged with operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.
During his transport to police headquarters, Hunter slipped his handcuffs from behind his back to his front. According to police, Sgt. Noble and Officer Blaise Lallie had to escort Hunter inside the station due to his belligerent and combative attitude.
Hunter is due in court Tuesday, July 10, for arraignment.
Acting Police Chief John Walcek praised the leadership of Sgt. Noble in managing these calls and further praised the efforts of all responding officers.
“Wareham police officers routinely handle stressful and dangerous incidents without notice," Walcek said. "dealing with them with professionalism and bravery."
It should be noted that these calls only represent a fraction of the 162 calls for service that were answered by Wareham Police on Monday, July 10.