Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Neels MAVAL (Suspended License)

On 6/1/2017, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked unit East-1 during the evening shift. I would note that: all streets, avenues, and ways referenced in this report are public ways in the City of Somerville. At approximately 8:15 pm, I was in the area of Lombardi Way and Mystic Avenue while backing up Detective Alan Monaco (D-7) at a motor vehicle stop (see CAD #17032624.) It was around this time that a Gray Chrysler 300 (MA registration XXXXX) drove out from under the bridge from the area where the M.A. Department of Transportation stores road salt. Detective Monaco and I moved our vehicles which were blocking the exit of the storage lot, to help facilitate the Chrysler leaving.


The Chrysler took a right onto Lombardi Way, then immediately took a left at the intersection of Mystic Avenue. The traffic control signal that controls the lane the Chrysler took a left at was a solid red arrow. The Chrysler did a U-turn at the intersection and looped back onto Lombardi Way. I activated my blue lights and siren, then maneuvered my cruiser behind the Chrysler. The Chrysler took a left onto Broadway, then pulled over to the right side of the street in front of 18 Broadway. A CJIS query of the Chrysler’s registration on my cruiser’s laptop revealed that the owner of the vehicle (Neels Malval) had a Suspended license status.


I approached the operator and demanded his license and registration. The operator stated: “why, I haven’t broken any laws.” I informed the operator that he had driven through a red light and again demanded his driver’s license and registration. The operator stated, “Why? I haven’t broken any laws. You are just another lying officer, harassing me to make overtime.” At this point I called dispatch for an additional unit. I demanded the operator provide me with his license two more times before he complied, after I warned him that failure to comply would result in his arrest.


The operator provided me with a New Jersey driver’s license that identified him as Neels Malval. As I ran a query of the driver’s license on my cruiser’s laptop, the following police arrived on scene to back me up: Detective Cassandra Goncalves, Detective James McNally, Sergeant Scott Whalen, and Officer Michael McCarey. The RMV query revealed that the N.J. driver’s license of Mr. Malval also had a status of suspended.


I arrested Mr. Malval, placing him into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training. Mr. Malval was transported back to the Somerville Police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Daniel Haley. At the station, Mr. Malval was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer: Lt. William Rymill. I issued Mr. Malval M.A. uniform citation R8325481.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295

Somerville Police Dept.

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