Real Life Somerville Police Stories: John NWACHUKWU (Fail to Stop for PO, Resisting Arrest, Negligent Op of MV…)

On 28 August, 2019 at approximately 10:05 a.m. I was on a detail and walking on the sidewalk on Bow Street. As I was approaching Walnut Street I noticed a vehicle (Massachusetts registration xxxxx – black 2016 Jeep Patriot) traveling south on Walnut Street. Walnut Street is a one-way street in the north direction. I asked the operator, later identified as John Nwachukwu, the defendant in this case, to roll down his window. The defendant just stared at me without saying anything or rolling down the window. I asked the defendant again to roll down his window. This time he rolled it down 2″-3″ and I told him why I stopped him. He did not acknowledge me. I told him that all he had to do was acknowledge that I explained why I stopped him and he would be on his way. The defendant looked at me and stated “Fuck you.” As he said that he pressed the accelerator but the car was in park. As he was reaching for the gear shift I opened the door but the defendant was able to flee. The defendant drove away on Bow Street from Walnut Street at a high rate of speed with the driver’s door open. At the time of this incident there were several pedestrians in this busy area. I note that both Walnut Street and Bow Street are public ways in the City of Somerville. I called Dispatch and Dispatcher Julie Kiely put a description and direction of flight of the vehicle.

Approximately fifteen minutes later Officer Kevin Goulatart called me on the phone and told me that they had the vehicle stopped on Somerville Avenue near Washington Street. Officers Nick Morreira and Michael Cleary saw the vehicle in traffic on Somerville Avenue. Officer Morreira stopped traffic until he and Officer Cleary were able have the defendant exit the vehicle and stand on the sidewalk. When I arrived on scene I positively identified the defendant as the person that I stopped and that fled from me. I placed the defendant under arrest for 1. Operating the wrong way on a one-way street 2. Wreckless operation of a motor vehicle 3. Failure to stop for a police officer 4. Resisting arrest.

We escorted the defendant to the wagon. When the defendant was on the top step of the wagon he refused to get inside. The defendant was standing straight up and would not bend over. We tried for several minutes to get him into the wagon but he kept resisting. At one point the defendant and several of the officers fell from the wagon step to the ground. At this time Officers Cleary and Goulart sprayed the defendant with their department issued capstun. Immediately upon being sprayed, the defendant stated “I’m done. I’m all done” stopped resisting long enough for us to get him in the wagon.

The defendant was transported to the Police Station where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant DiGregorio. The defendant was issued citation number T1833000 for the above offenses.

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