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Lowell Police: Drugged Driver Caused Three-vehicle Crash That Injured Two

September 4, 2018
Police tape blocks off the scene of a crash that prompted police to close Chelmsford Street in Lowell on Monday afternoon.

LOWELL -- A city man was under the influence of drugs when he caused a three-vehicle crash on Chelmsford Street on Monday afternoon, police said.

Ferdinand Santiago, 41, 129 Fulton St., was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury, operating to endanger and failure to keep right, police said.

Santiago, driving a black GMC SUV, was traveling inbound near 900 Chelmsford Street when the car swerved into oncoming traffic, striking another car and a motorcycle, police said.

A 27-year-old Lowell woman, driving a gray Honda sedan, had to be extracted from her vehicle using the Jaws of Life cutting tool. The operator of the motorcycle, a 54-year-old Lowell man, also sustained serious injury. Bothe were taken to a Boston-area hospital via medical helicopters.

Santiago was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He was charged once he was medically cleared, based on the investigation of responding officers and the Accident Reconstruction Team, police said.

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