Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Marcos DA COSTA (Unlicensed Operation + Multiple Warrants)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.


On January 1, 2017 at approximately 22:30 hours, while assigned as marked unit East-2, I observed a 2012 Ford Fusion bearing MA plate XXXXX traveling west on Somerville Avenue; a public way in the city of Somerville. I observed this vehicle come to a stop for the red light at the intersection of Somerville Avenue at Park Street in the left turn only lane. When the light turned green, the vehicle failed to turn left and instead accelerated to continue straight, cutting off a lane of traffic. This vehicle accelerated to approximately 40mph on Somerville Avenue which has a posted speed limit of 30mph. This vehicle then began to brake in the middle of the road and took a sharp sudden left turn, without signaling, onto Kent Street which resulted in an oncoming vehicle having to brake to avoid a collision. At this time I activated my emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over. 


I queried the vehicle’s MA license plate XXXXX in my mobile data terminal which showed the vehicle’s insurance to be revoked. I exited my marked cruiser and approached the driver’s side window where I found a male who handed me a female’s Brazilian license belonging to a YYYYY. The male stated to me that he did not own the car and that this person was the owner. I asked the male for his license and he replied that he did not have one and provided me a Mass Health card bearing the name Marcos Da Costa. A query of this name revealed that this individual did not have a license, and may possibly have outstanding arrest warrants.


I asked Da Costa to step out of the vehicle and placed him into handcuffs without incident. Marcos Da Costa is charged with violation of M.G.L. ch. 90 § 10 Operation of a motor vehicle without a license. He was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters by Unit-200 Officer Hartsgrove, where he was booked by Lt. Rymill. Two license plates bearing MA XXXXX were confiscated and Pat’s Tow took possession of the vehicle. 


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Anderson #315

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