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Reading Police arrest and charge man with multiple firearms charges, YES after motor vehicle stop

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READING – Chief David Clark reports that Reading Police Department yesterday arrested and charged a man with multiple firearms following a traffic stop.

JOSHUA LABERGE, 36, of HYANNIS, was arrested and charged with:

  • Carry a loaded firearm without a license
  • Possession of ammunition without FID
  • YES Liquor (second offense)
  • Careless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Marked Lane Violation

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, Reading Police received a BOLO from the Massachusetts State Police regarding multiple calls regarding erratic motor vehicle operation. Information provided indicated that a gray Chevrolet Silverado nearly hit a guardrail in the area of ​​northbound Interstate 95 near Exit 57 in Reading.

Constable Noah Clark of Reading Police responded to the area and attempted to locate the vehicle. Constable Clark spotted a vehicle matching the description in the Walkers Brook Drive area and observed the driver driving the vehicle erratically and committing multiple violations including crossing multiple lanes without signaling. Officer Clark activated his vehicle’s blue lights and a traffic stop was initiated.

After speaking with the driver of the vehicle, later identified as THE BANKOfficer Clark noticed At LABERGE glassy, ​​bloodshot eyes with a strong smell of alcohol coming from him. THE BANK subsequently subjected to several field sobriety tests and ultimately failed.

THE BANK was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Reading Police Department.

Reading Police then searched At LABERGE vehicle and found a bag containing a loaded 9mm handgun and several cartridges. It was later discovered that the handgun was unregistered and THE BANK turned out he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun. Police also found several empty liquor containers during the search.

“I want to commend our officers for doing an outstanding job locating this vehicle and making the roads safer by arresting an impaired driver who was seen operating his vehicle in a very dangerous manner,” Chief Clark said. “They were also able to make the community as a whole safer by removing an unregistered firearm from the streets.”

THE BANK is due to appear in Woburn District Court on Tuesday July 5.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.