On June 26, 2018, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 7:49pm, I was traveling westbound on Broadway, a public way. I observed a green Ford van bearing Rhode Island tag xxxx stopped in the travel lane on Broadway by Fellsway West. I sounded my horn to gain the operator’s attention, but to no avail. I sounded my horn a second time, and the van abruptly pulled right, nearly striking a vehicle in the second travel lane. I activated my emergency equipment, and the van accelerated quickly and pulled into the parking area in front of 27x Broadway. I observed the operator, a white male wearing a high visibility reflective vest, switch to the second row passenger seat of the van, and a passenger from the second row jump into the driver’s seat of the van.
I removed the second operator from the van, and then ordered the initial operator out. He was identified via a Massachusetts Identification Card as Jason Arens. Arens was handcuffed, and read his Miranda warnings. After acknowledging, Arens stated he though he may have a warrant or a suspended license due to non-payment of child support in Kansas. Arens does not possess a valid license, despite being a resident of Massachusetts. After stating he possesses a valid California license, I asked Somerville dispatch to run a check, which resulted in an expired license.
Arens was placed under arrest for Unlicensed Operator (90/10) and Unsafe lane change (89/4a). Officer Justin Brown transported Arens to the station where he was booked in the usual manner by Sgt. Shackelford. Citation #T0402636 was issued and placed into Arens property.
Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.