Real Life Somerville Police Stories: German PENA-FERNANDEZ (OUI Liquor)

On December 22, 2018, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on-duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 9:52pm, Officer Shaun Clark (East 4) and I were dispatched to XX Wheatland St for the report of a dump truck striking parked vehicles. Upon arrival with Officer Keith O’Donnell (East 2), we located a Chevrolet 3500 Massachusetts commercial registration XXXX facing the wrong direction on Wheatland St at the intersection of Jaques St. The commercial registration struck a Nissan Sentra bearing XXXX, and had pushed the Nissan onto the sidewalk. I observed approximately 10 people standing around the vehicle, one approached me as I exited my cruiser and informed me the driver was “not right”. I asked who was operating the Chevrolet truck, and the bystanders pointed to the truck and informed me he was still inside.

I approached the truck and observed a Hispanic male, who is known to me as Aquilino Valle, in the driver seat. The truck was on and running, and the transmission was in drive. I reached in and placed the truck in park, and turned the vehicle off. I am familiar with Valle, as he is the subject for numerous calls for service for intoxication, and abusing the 9-1-1 system with numerous calls without an emergency. While reaching in the truck, I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person, and I observed a bottle of alcohol on the floorboard. I ordered Valle to exit the truck, and he stumbled into my arms where I caught him to prevent him from falling. I utilized the side of the dump truck to lean Valle against, while I continued my investigation. Valle was unable to stand against the truck without falling down. Due to safety concerns, Valle was seated on the sidewalk. Officer Juan Ducasse (West 5) responded to assist with a translation in Spanish. Officer Ducasse notified me that Valle was incoherent, and his speech was slurred.

While Officer Ducasse and Officer Clark spoke with Valle, I contacted the owner of the Chevrolet 3500, XXXX. XXXX stated he resides at XX Wheatland St, but was not home at this time. I inquired if he knew Valle, to which he stated yes, Valle sometimes works for him. XXXX stated Valle does not have permission to operate the vehicle, and has never operated the vehicle in the past. XXXX stated one of his employees parked the truck in his driveway earlier today, and placed the key over the driver side visor. XXXX requested to press charges against Valle for using the truck without his authority. XXXX also informed me that his driveway in monitored by security cameras, and he will preserve the footage for court proceedings.

Witnesses stated the Chevrolet struck a gate and wall belonging to XX Wheatland St. After exiting the driveway, the vehicle operated in the wrong direction on Wheatland St toward Jaques St. During the travel on Wheatland St, Valle struck parked motor vehicles. A Honda Ridgeline bearing XXXX, a Nissan Rogue bearing XXXX, and a Hyundai Sonata bearing XXXX all sustained minor damage from being struck by Valle. Valle left the scene of the property damage at XXXX and the three vehicles listed. Upon reaching the intersection of Jaques St, Valle struck a Nissan Sentra bearing XXXX, and was unable to continue driving. The Sentra sustained heavy damage and needed to be towed from the scene.

I returned to Valle and learned from Officer Ducasse that Valle appeared to be intoxicated, and was unable to communicate. Due to safety concerns, I opted to forego field sobriety testing, for fear Valle would fall and injure himself. Officer Clark placed Valle in handcuffs (double-locked) and I will be charging Valle with 4 counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in property damage (90/24/C), Operating under the influence of alcohol (90/24/J), Unlicensed operation (90/10/A), and Use without authority (90/24/P). Valle was transported to the station by Officer Desrochers (Unit 200). Before being booked, Valle required medical attention due to a fall. Cataldo transported Valle to Somerville Hospital where he remained as of the completion of this report. A citation was issued to Valle for the above mentioned charges. We attempted to confirm Valle’s true identity, however a check of CJIS/NCIC resulted in no matches. Identification is subject to change once the suspect is fingerprinted.

Once at the station, Officer Jose Ramirez translated booking instructions from Lt. Lavey. Valle consented to a breathalyzer test, which resulted in a 0.21 BAC. Following fingerprinting, Valle’s true name was revealed as German Pena-Fernandez (D.O.B. XXXX). An additional charge of furnishing a false name at booking was added.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.

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