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2 men detained in connection with alleged robberies

Law enforcement authorities with the South Easton Police Department apprehended two men on Jan. 14 in connection with an alleged attempted robbery. Upon questioning, one of the men, a 24-year-old South Easton man, reportedly admitted to committing two robberies on Jan. 13 in addition to the attempted robbery on Jan. 14.

Officers reportedly received a call regarding an attempted robbery on Jan. 14 and responded to the White Rose Pantry convenience store on Turnpike Street. According to officers, a man had allegedly tried to rob the store while wearing a black ski mask. The man apparently did not secure any money from the store before running away.

Massachusetts police chase ends in Malden River, OUI suspected

After starting a police chase in Melrose, a man said to be operating under the influence of alcohol drove into the Malden River in an effort to evade law enforcement on Jan. 4. The Melorse man was apprehended and is being held without bail because of the circumstances leading to his arrest, which qualified him for a dangerous person hearing.

The Melrose Police Department received calls at about 1:30 a.m. from the neighbors of a man who threw the family Christmas tree onto his lawn, broke his front door and fought with his wife. When the authorities arrived, the man attempted to drive away in his pickup truck but first struck a police car. This led to a chase through Melrose that ended in Malden when the man drove his truck into the river, and the driver also reportedly hit two parked cars during the chase.

Massachusetts woman apprehended following alleged bank robbery

Police say that a 46-year-old woman was taken into custody after she tried to rob the Leominster Credit Union in Worcester on Dec. 26. According to authorities, the woman demanded in a note that a female teller put an undisclosed amount of money inside of a bag. Witnesses say that the woman, a resident of Worcester, yelled at the teller while gathering the funds.

Reports indicate that the woman was detained by police after collecting the money and attempting to flee the scene. She was charged with unarmed robbery. No one was injured during the theft despite several people being in the credit union at the time of the alleged theft. The money was recovered by police and returned to the bank.

Massachusetts man charged with trafficking drugs valued at $300k

Following a lengthy investigation, law enforcement authorities detained a Springfield man after reportedly finding over $300,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in his home. Officers with the Springfield Police Department apprehended the man on Dec. 19.

According to reports, officers sought and obtained a search warrant for the man's home. Upon execution of the warrant, they allegedly found heroin, cocaine, $58,000 in cash, handguns, drug paraphernalia and marijuana. The 31-year-old man was held in custody without bond following his arrest.

Man drives Jeep into restaurant, charged with OUI

Police in Massachusetts say that a 36-year-old man who drove his Jeep into a TGI Friday's on Dec. 17 was under the influence. However, the man refused to take a Breathalyzer test following the accident.

Witnesses say the man was drinking in the restaurant with two women prior to the accident. Both of the women were subsequently injured in the accident. One had a head injury, and the other was suspected of having a broken arm.

Massachusetts authorities charge 16 with drug distribution

On Dec. 10, Massachusetts authorities took 16 people into custody after they were accused of being involved in a drug trafficking operation. According to a police spokesperson, the operation mainly targeted those who were thought to be street-level or mid-level heroin and cocaine dealers throughout the city of Springfield.

The officers reportedly purchased drugs from each of the 16 dealers, which provided them with the grounds to seek arrest warrants. Six of the individuals were already in police custody but were served with new charges for distribution of a controlled substance. The other 10 individuals were also charged with either distribution of a controlled substance, distribution of heroin or distribution of cocaine. The 10 individuals who had not been in police custody were taken less than 24 hours after the authorities raided a home in Indian Orchard and seized an unknown amount of heroin and cocaine.

2 men detailed in Massachusetts on drug charges

Authorities in Massachusetts detained a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old man claiming that both were involved in marijuana distribution. The men were taken into custody on the afternoon of Nov. 29 after police allegedly observed the 31-year-old man selling marijuana to the other man.

The sale took place near a garage in Springfield that police had under surveillance. Police followed the man who made the purchase and say they found him with 10 pounds of marijuana. They then took the seller into custody shortly after he left his home later that same day. Authorities claim to have seized nearly 15 more pounds of marijuana from the man along with drug paraphernalia and more than $12,000 in cash.

Man charged with armed robbery, sexual assault in East Boston

Officers with the Boston Police Department reported they arrested a 20-year-old East Boston man in connection with a sexual assault and armed robbery case that allegedly occurred on Nov. 22. The incident reportedly occurred in the Eagle Hill area around 1:44 a.m. as a woman returned home from work.

The woman reportedly told police that upon arriving home, a man pushed her up against a wall and demanded money from her while he allegedly held her at knifepoint. After robbing the woman, the man then allegedly sexually assaulted her before leaving with the stolen money.

What happens during a field sobriety test?

Massachusetts residents may be curious about what types of tests to expect if they are pulled over by a police officer who thinks they may have been drinking. There are three types of field sobriety tests endorsed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first test that an officer might use to determine whether someone has been drunk driving is the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). A person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have trouble focusing on a moving object, so the police officer may try to get the driver to stare at a moving finger while the officer examines his or her eyes for jerking movements.

Drunk driving convictions and ignition interlock devices

When a person has been convicted of drunk driving or has had their license suspended as a result of driving with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08 percent, Massachusetts law mandates they must have an ignition interlock device installed in order to get their driving privileges reinstated. A separate certified device must additionally be installed on every vehicle the person owns, leases or operates.

The required installation period for each vehicle is at least two years. After installation, the person must have the devices regularly inspected and maintained during the entire period.

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