AYER -- An Ayer man was arrested on assault and battery charges after allegedly fighting with his girlfriend. Christian Richard, 20, was arrested at 2 a.m. at the Ayer Motor Inn on Thursday, Oct. 4, by Ayer Police Officer George Fichter. The woman declined medical treatment.

A Shirley man was arrested on drunken driving charges on Littleton Road. Stanly Nelson Jr., 50, was stopped by Ayer police Officer Richard Krasinskas for speeding on Sunday, Oct. 7. The officer reported the smell of alcoholic beverage upon making the stop. Nelson is reported to have failed a field sobriety test. Nelson has a 1998 OUI conviction from Fitchburg District Court, escalating this recent charge to OUI-second offense.

-- Mary E. Arata