Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Disorderly Conduct Arrest

On October 27, 2015, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was working a paid police detail in full uniform from 4:00pm-12:00am, and assigned to a fully marked cruiser. At approximately 6:34pm, I was enforcing the No Parking restrictions on Beacon St (a public way) due to the ongoing construction. As I made my way down Beacon St, I pulled behind MA 2366WH, which was parked directly in front of a No Parking sign. I observed the vehicle’s headlights on, and what appeared to be a male operator reclined in the driver’s seat. As I approached, I noticed this male asleep, in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, with the engine turned on, and the radio playing quite loud. I knocked a few times, and the operator finally awoke and stared at me. I asked him to roll his window down, but he continued to stare at me and not respond. I opened the car door, which was unlocked, in an effort to check the condition of the unresponsive operator. As soon as I opened the door, I detected a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. I also observed a plastic cup in the center console with a dark colored liquid inside, and a marijuana pipe. As I attempted to have a conversation with the operator (later identified as Rainsfor Rouner), I detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. His eyes were glazed over, and he was slurring his words, as well as having severe difficulty having a simple conversation.


        Without asking Rouner, he exited his motor vehicle, and began to mumble something unintelligible to me. He rambled on about food he was picking up, however I observed a sandwich on the passenger floorboard of the car. I instructed Rouner to step to the back of the vehicle, out of the roadway, for our safety. Rouner was reluctant to follow direction, and had to be guided to the rear bumper. He was unsteady on his feet, and had to use the vehicle as well as my arm as a brace to walk. It was at this point Rouner started to become somewhat aggressive, and refused to answer simple questions. Rouner tried numerous times to push through me to move back towards the driver’s door of his vehicle. I instructed Rouner numerous times to lean up against his rear bumper for his safety. Rouner then became belligerent, raising his voice, and informing me that he was now in charge. I was able to quickly glance around at my surroundings, and observed a crowd of 10-15 in front of Trina’s Starlight lounge who had gathered to watched Rouner’s antics. There was also a small group of people who congregated on the sidewalk closest to where we were standing.


        Due to the volatile situation that appeared to be getting worse, I ordered Rouner to turn around and place his hands behind his back. After three requests I had to force his left arm behind his back, and ordered him to place his right hand behind his back. At this time he began to resist by pulling away, and leaning on his right hand preventing me from gaining control. I radioed Somerville control for assistance, and continued to order Rouner to stop resisting and place his hands behind his back. Rouner was able to push off his vehicle, causing me to lose control of body position. I then guided Rouner to the ground where I was able to place him into handcuffs. Officer’s Howe, Monaco, and Shackelford responded to assist. Officer Cabral responded in unit 200 to transport Rouner to the station where he was booked in the usual manner by Lt. Rymill.


        While inventorying the vehicle, I removed the plastic cup, which I recognized to be wine. I located a bottle of Gasoc Malbec wine, and one cold Dogfish 90 minute IPA beer. I also located a marijuana pipe with residue, which smelled of fresh burnt marijuana.


        Rouner was charged with Disorderly Conduct (272/53), Resisting Arrest (268/32B), and cited for Open Container in a motor vehicle (90/24I). 


Respectfully Submitted,


Officer Tim Van Nostrand


Somerville Police Dept.


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