On Thursday, August 23, 2018, I was assigned to marked unit East-4 and on routine patrol. At approximately 10:14 am, I was sitting at the traffic light located at Broadway and McGrath Highway (Both public ways within the City of Somerville). I noticed a black and yellow pickup truck bearing MA xxxx, turn from McGrath Highway westbound onto Broadway, and into the parking lot of Foss Park. I immediately recognized this truck from previous interactions with the driver, who I know to be unlicensed.
As I was turning into the parking lot to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the driver whom I recognized as Mr. Victor Romero, exited. It should be noted that I have had many interactions with Mr. Romero. He is well known to the Somerville Police for drinking alcohol in public, and operating vehicles without a valid driver’s license. Several weeks ago I stopped Mr. Romero in the same vehicle. After towing the vehicle, I let him go with a verbal warning and informed him that he could not operate a motor vehicle until he obtained a valid license, or he would be subject to arrest. A check of Mr. Romero’s license status revealed that it was still suspended. Once Mr. Romero exited the vehicle, I informed him why I was stopping him. He admitted to not having a license, and remembered our interaction from several weeks prior. I placed Mr. Romero under arrest on the following charge:
M.L. c90 S23 – Operating a MV With a Suspended License.
Mr. Romero was transported to the station in marked unit 200 operated by Officer Buswell. He was booked by the shift commander, Lieutenant DiGregorio. I placed MA Citation #T1230147 in his personal property at the station. The vehicle was towed by Pats Towing authorized by the street supervisor, Sergeant McCarey.
Officer Kevin Goulart #326.