BILLERICA -- David Collins was in his kitchen making dinner Thursday night about 10 when he heard the unmistakable sound of broken glass and metal-on-metal coming from Salem Road, the street that lines the front of his house.
What he didn't hear was the shriek of screeching tires that normally accompanies the average car accident, and that's because this wreck involved five vehicles parked in his driveway and a runaway, 20-foot long, wooden-planked flatbed trailer.
"The people living on the other side of the house ran out to see what happened and saw a truck driving away," he said Monday, speaking from the steps of his 34 Salem Road house.
Police later caught up with the two 18-year-old alleged culprits, charging them Saturday morning with a list of infractions.
Max Wiseman, of Billerica, and David Paredes, of Chelmsford, were arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
"I didn't want to see them get in trouble," said Collins. "I just want them to pay for it."
An estimated $50,000 in damages was caused by the wayward trailer.
Billerica police Lt. Roy Frost said Monday Paredes is the owner of the trailer while Wiseman is the driver.
Wiseman was charged with leaving the scene of property damage, towing an unregistered trailer and an equipment violation (no chains).
Paredes was charged with owning an unregistered trailer and attaching false plates.
The series of events leading up to the wreck began on Fox Hill
A police report indicates Officer Dwayne Eidens initially spotted an identical trailer near the intersection of Fox Hill and Salem roads. Collins said police told him the trailer originally had been hitched to a truck being driven by Paredes.
That truck broke down and was stopped at the intersection, prompting the two teens to swap trucks.
Re-hitching the trailer was apparently unsuccessful, as Wiseman's replacement truck traveled less than a quarter mile before the
Police later discovered the hitch from the towing truck was still attached to the trailer.
Collins's Jeep Wrangler suffered cosmetic damages after the trailer grazed the back of the vehicle.
Several houses down, neighbor Jeremie McManus remembers hearing the crash and then seeing the flashing blue lights of police cars. Her house, which sits at 38 Salem Road, features a sprawling front yard and one pesky dead tree located a few feet from the road that refuses to fall down.
"I was thinking that I wish the trailer had crashed into my front yard," she said. "I've been begging the town for years to have that tree removed."
Courts reporter Lisa Redmond contributed to this story. Follow Evan Lips at Twitter.com/evanmlips.