Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Ricky STANLEY (OUI Liquor, Negligent Operation of MV & Unlicensed Operation of MV)

On the above date and time, Officer Robert Pasqualino and I were dispatched to 727 Somerville Avenue, a public way in the city of Somerville, for an erratic operator driving a 2013 white Honda Accord. One of the callers into Somerville E911, stated that a vehicle was being operated with its headlights turned off, it had struck a curb, and continued driving on the oncoming lane on Beacon Street, also a public way in the city of Somerville.


Upon my arrival, I observed the suspect vehicle with its front passenger side door open, and Ricky Stanley appeared to be rummaging through the contents on the vehicle floor. I identified myself upon approach, and I asked Stanley if everything was alright. As he began to rise from within the vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet, and he almost fell backwards. Stanley needed to brace himself against the vehicle in order to maintain a steady posture. He stated that he was looking for his passport which had fell onto the floor of the vehicle. During our conversation, I observed Stanley’s red blood shot glossy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness once he had no longer braced himself against the vehicle, and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.


Note: In plain sight I observed a 12 ounce open and empty bottle of Coors Lite, a 12 ounce open and partially consumed can of Coors Lite, and an open and empty nip bottle of New Amsterdam Vodka in the cup holder of the center console. With permission of Sierra 8, Sergeant Scott Whalen, the vehicle was towed incident to arrest. Upon performing an inventory search of the vehicle, there was also a 12 ounce open and empty bottle of Coors Lite on the rear driver’s side door cup holder which is within reach of the driver.


I asked Stanley for his driver’s license which he admitted that he did not have one. A query through my cruiser’s CJIS mobile terminal confirmed that Stanley never had a driver’s license in Massachusetts. I asked Stanley if there was anyone else in the vehicle, to which he stated that he was the only one in the vehicle. I informed Stanley that I had observed a few open and empty containers of alcohol in the center console, and he admitted that he had consumed two vodka nips at home prior to operating his girlfriend’s vehicle. Stanley then asked me if I knew what part of Cambridge that we were in.


Stanley was placed under arrest for the above charges and transported to the Somerville Police Station in Unit 200, where he was booked and processed in the usual manner. Note: Stanley refused the field sobriety test and the breath alcohol test. Stanley’s passport was also discovered in his front left pants pocket while performing an inventory search of his person incident to arrest.


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