SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Chicopee man who was initially pulled over by police for marked lanes violation while traveling on I-91 in Springfield Tuesday night is facing additional charges including resisting arrest and assault and battery charges.
Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said 33-year-old Darnell Engram was arraigned in Springfield District Court Wednesday on the following charges: unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, attempt to disarm a police officer, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without FID card, and marked lanes violation.
His bail was set at $100,000.
According to Procopio, a trooper was patrolling I-91 southbound near Exit 11 around 10 p.m. when he saw a brown vehicle operating erratically while making several lane violations. The trooper followed the car for some time and eventually activated his lights to conduct a traffic stop on Walter Street.
The driver, identified as Engram, was driving a rental car under a person he didn’t know, State Police said. It also determined that Engram was required to wear corrective lenses in order to drive and failing to do so was an arrestable offense.
Procopio said when asked to step out of the vehicle, Engram prolonged the request, causing police to attempt to remove him from the vehicle. Engram eventually came out of the vehicle but allegedly became combative before running off.
A State Police trooper and Springfield officer caught up to Engram, resulting in a struggle between them. According to Procopio, Engram kicked and punched in an effort to escape again, and even attempted to remove an officer’s duty firearm.
A police sergeant arrived and was able to assist in detaining Engram. Procopio said a loaded gun was found after a search of the area where the struggle took place.
Engram was taken to the State Police Springfield barracks for booking.