Man arrested for OUI & gun charges in West Springfield

Beard was the only person in the car

Gun seized by Massachusetts State Police during an arrest in West Springfield, Mass. September 3, 2016 (Image Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Rhode Island man faces several gun charges in western Massachusetts after his car crashed into a median barrier in West Springfield.

According to Massachusetts State Police Media Relations, around 3:00 a.m. on September 3rd, Trooper Kurt D’Angelo, of the Springfield State Police Barracks, was called to Interstate 91 northbound in West Springfield to investigate a “motor vehicle crash.”

When Trooper D’Angelo arrived, he determined that the driver, 25-year-old Nicholas Beard of Cranston, Rhode Island, crashed a 2000 Mazda into the median. State Police said Beard was the only person in the car, and was being helped by the East Hampton Fire Department, “who happened to be coming back from a call at the time.”

State Police added that Trooper D’Angelo investigated the Mazda and found a loaded, .40 caliber Ruger SR40c handgun inside.

Beard was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (2nd Offense)
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without a License
  • Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated
  • Possession of Ammunition without an FID card

Police said Beard was booked at the Springfield State Police Barracks and held on $2,500 bail, pending his arraignment in Springfield District Court on Tuesday.

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