Man charged with OUI after allegedly telling West Springfield police he was high

Man is being charged with OUI liquor and drugs

Mario Navone
Mario Navone (West Springfield Police Department)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  A West Springfield man is being charged with operating under the influence of drugs and liquor, after allegedly telling a police officer, “I’m high on weed, and weed is legal.”

According to the West Springfield Police Department’s Facebook page, Mario Navone was pulled over on Route 5 Saturday night when an officer in an unmarked vehicle allegedly clocked him going between 65-70 mph.

West Springfield police said Navone drove up onto a sidewalk when he was pulled over and wouldn’t give the officer his license, but instead would pretend to hand it to the officer and pull it back several times.

West Springfield police said the officer smelt marijuana coming from Navone’s car and alcohol on his breath. When asked if he was drinking, Navone allegedly told the officer “No I haven’t been drinking, I’m high on weed, and weed is legal.”

Police allegedly found six empty nip bottles of vodka in Navone’s car, as well as seven full beer cans, and an expired prescription pill bottle with marijuana.

Navone was arrested after what West Springfield police said was a brief struggle.He is being charged with OUI liquor, OUI drugs, speeding in violation of special regulation, and marked lanes violation/unsafe lane change.