MERRIMACK — A 75-year-old man arrested Tuesday and charged with blocking a town snow plow said he was merely shoveling out the end of his driveway when police came and arrested him.
Menahem Lowy said the driver had already deposited 2 feet of plowed snow at the end of his driveway and was coming around for another sweep. He said the plow stopped in the street in front of his 13 Mountain View Drive home as Lowy shoveled the end of his driveway.
Twenty minutes later, police came and arrested Lowy, he said.
"It's not I who didn't let him do his job. It's he who didn't let me clean my driveway," a flustered Lowy said Wednesday.
Police said that the driver of the Merrimack Public Works Department plow reported that Lowy was blocking the roadway. Police said in a statement that Lowy complained to police about the driver plowing snow across the end of his driveway.
The driver told police Lowy stood in front of the plow and would not move. Police handcuffed Lowy, charged him with disorderly conduct, and released him on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Merrimack District Court March 11, where Lowy said he wants to tell a judge his side of the story.
Lowy said the plow seemed finished with the street when he arrived home and parked his car in his driveway but the plow reversed and made a second sweep, funneling the plowed snow onto the end of his driveway.
Lowy once taught electrical engineering at the University of Texas and later worked at BAE Systems, he said. He said he wasn't angry about the snow at the end of his driveway. He just started shoveling the snow from his driveway and mailbox.
Police, he said, never asked him for his side of the story.
"With my age and the cold, there is no purpose for me to stand there for 20 minutes," Lowy said. "I just wanted to clean my driveway and go home."