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Deerfield man arrested after crash, car in flames

Alan R. Wicklund's car burns on Lee Road after police say he lost control, swerved off the road and struck a parked car Friday morning. Wicklund was later arrested on multiple charges.
(Deerfield Police Department photo)

Alan R. Wicklund's car burns on Lee Road after police say he lost control, swerved off the road and struck a parked car Friday morning. Wicklund was later arrested on multiple charges. (Deerfield Police Department photo)

DEERFIELD — The term “blazingly fast” has been given a whole new meaning after an accident on Lee Road left one person arrested and a car in flames Friday morning.

According to the police report, Deerfield Police officer Chad Wrisley responded to reports of a burning car on Lee Road around 1:22 a.m. When he arrived, he found that the car had hit another vehicle parked on the side of the road, smashed into a mailbox and fence, and was on fire in the middle of the road.

Officer Adam Sokoloski later brought the vehicle’s operator, Alan R. Wicklund, 22, of 17 Thayer St., South Deerfield, to see Wrisley. Wicklund, who had called the police from a nearby house, told the officers he had been drinking in a bar before he drove and didn’t know how he had lost control or hit the parked car.

In the report, Wrisley wrote that Wicklund had an “overwhelming” odor of alcohol on his breath, was swaying and had glassy, bloodshot eyes. He failed three field sobriety tests and took a breath test with a result of 0.19 percent — more than twice the legal limit.

Wrisley and Sokoloski subsequently arrested Wicklund after they determined that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was speeding westbound from Stillwater Road onto Lee Road when the crash occurred.

According to the report, Wicklund suffered only a bloody nose and refused an ambulance ride to the hospital. The fire was extinguished at 1:38 a.m. by the South Deerfield Fire Department.

Wicklund pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court on Friday to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to drive in the proper lane, driving with a suspended license and not having a license in his possession.

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