State troopers seized a fully-loaded gun from a Springfield man after he was pulled over on Interstate 391 Saturday for having a loud and illegal exhaust system on his 1998 Honda Civic.
According to state police, when 23-year-old Erick Gomez stopped his vehicle for police on the highway at about 5 p.m., the investigating trooper saw him make numerous suspicious movements.
After speaking with Gomez, Trooper Norman Stanikmas requested backup as he became concerned for his safety. With assistance from Trooper Joshua Rucho, a fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun was located inside of the vehicle.
Gomez was arrested and charged with firearm violation with two prior violent / drug crimes, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a firearm without an FID card, carrying a firearm with ammunition, possession of ammunition without an FID card, operation of a motor vehicle with improper noise, modifying motor vehicle height, non-compliant aftermarket lighting and motor vehicle lights violation, according to the arrest report.
While Gomez was entering I-391 from the Commercial Street ramp in Holyoke, Trooper Stanikmas noticed that his vehicle had several illegal, aftermarket alterations.
Gomez was booked at the state police barracks in Springfield where he was held on $25,000 bail pending his arraignment in Holyoke District Court.
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