A Wilmington man was charged with Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges last week as well as Gun Charges, for allegedly carrying a firearm while driving intoxicated when he was pulled over in Tewksbury.
The Tewksbury man was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Carrying a Loaded Firearm While Under the Influence of Liquor.
According to the Tewksbury Police Department, the man was pulled over for allegedly speeding. During the stop, officers removed him from the car and began interrogating him, including asking him whether or not he had any weapons on him. The man allegedly admitted to being in possession of a firearm, but also produced a valid Massachusetts License to Carry.
The crime of Carrying a Loaded Firearm While Under the Influence of Liquor is punishable by imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. A person may be prosecuted for this crime regardless of whether he/she is licensed to carry a firearm or not.