CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Belchertown man was arrested for motor vehicle and firearm violations after police pulled him over in Chicopee on December 27.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk said at around 3:18 p.m. that Friday, two officers were in an unmarked vehicle when they saw a car, driven by 23-year-old Melvin Rios, make a turn without using any signals.
When the officers pulled the vehicle over, they questioned the two occupants and learned that the driver did not have a license to operate and the passenger had a suspended license.
Before towing, officers searched the car for inventory and documentation, which led them to the glove box where a loaded gun was found. The officers determined Rios was the owner of the gun, and he did not have a license to carry.
Rios was arrested and charged with the following:
- Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
- Posses ammunition w/o a license
- Possession of a firearm w/o a license
- Fail to signal
- Improper storage of a firearm
Bail was set at $1040 for Rios, which he made and was released shortly after.