ONE LESS GUN: Failing to Stop for a Stop Sign Lands One Driver in Police Custody on Gun-Related Charges in Dorchester
At about 1:04pm on Thursday, April 26, 2018, officers assigned to the City Wide Mobile Operations Unit made an onsite arrest at the intersection of Columbia and Old Roads in Dorchester. Due to several community complaints relative to motorists failing to obey a stop sign in the area, officers were conducting motor vehicle traffic stops to ensure compliance by reminding motorists to acknowledge and obey the stop sign. While encouraging compliance, officers observed a gray motor vehicle fail to stop for the stop sign. In light of the infraction, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, officers could smell an odor of marijuana emanating from inside the car.
When officers asked the driver to produce his license and registration, the suspect started to touch his pants in several different places while also reaching under the seat. Upon seeing the operator reaching under the seat, officers, put in fear by the operator’s quick, shifty movements, immediately ordered him to stop. When the suspect again appeared to be reaching for an object in his waist area, officers restrained the suspect’s hand and proceeded to pat frisk him for weapons. As a result of the pat frisk, officers were able to locate and confiscate a firearm (see photo) found inside the suspect’s waist area.
Officers arrested Edward Clarke, 25, of Queens, NY, and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana). Additionally, Clarke was issued a Massachusetts Uniform Citation for Failure to Stop for Stop Sign.
Seized during the arrest were the following items:
- Smith and Wesson MP Pistol
- 2 bags of a leafy green substance
- $1400 in US Currency
- 4 cell phones
- One digital scale