On the above date and time, I, Officer Steven Johnson, was assigned to a marked cruiser, in full police uniform, performing traffic enforcement. I was parked by the side of the road on Broadway at Kenneson Rd, a public way in the City of Somerville, with a 30 mph posted speed limit. My attention was drawn to gray Chevy Avalanche, this vehicle was following another car, dangerously close. The Avalanche was only a foot or two behind the other car. It then, abruptly and without signaling, pulled to its right, into the other lane of traffic, and increased its speed. At this time, the Avalanche passed the other car, and pulled to its left, back into its original lane. The rear end of the Avalanche almost striking the front end of the other car. Once past the other car, the Avalanche, increased its speed, and took of east bound on Broadway. I estimated the Avalanche to be traveling approximately 50 mph, at this point.
I activated my blue light and siren and the Avalanche stopped in the parking lot of the Speedway gas station, at 709 McGrath Highway. I exited my cruiser and approached the Avalanche, and observed that it was being operated by the defendant, Richard Powers Jr. Mr. Powers was identified by a Massachusetts identification card. He was the only person in the vehicle. A check of Mr. Powers license status showed that his right to operate was revoked for being a habitual traffic offender. Mr Powers was placed under arrest for the above stated charges, as well as two warrants. He was handcuffed, and the cuffs double locked. He was transported to the police station in the wagon and booked by Lieutenant Sheehan.
The vehicle Mr. Powers was operating at the time of this incident was a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, color gray, owned by XXXXX. It was registered in Massachusetts, with plate number xxxxx.
Officer Steven Johnson
Somerville Police Department