NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton Police seized a pipe-bomb, a hand-gun and some ammunition during a drunk driving traffic stop Friday morning.
25-year-old Joseph Largay of Westfield was charged with OUI, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and possession of an incendiary device.
Northampton Police Sgt Josef Barszcz told 22News Largay was authorized to have the gun, but it is illegal to have a gun in your car if you’re intoxicated.
Sgt Barszcz told 22News that, after police interviewed Largay, they determined he had no hostile intent with the pipe bomb, that he likely built the device to use as fireworks.
According to Sgt. Barszcz, police on patrol stopped Largay on Bridge Street, Route 9 near Pomeroy Terrace, just before 3:00 a.m. Friday. After administering a field sobriety test, and subsequently arresting Largay for operating Under the Influence, police took inventory of his vehicle. That’s when they found the gun, the ammo and the pipe bomb.
Sgt. Barszcz said the pipe bomb had a wick, not a digital detonator.
Northampton Police called the State Police Bomb Squad, who took the pipe bomb to a remote location and safely detonated it.