Anthony M. Mahoney, 25, of Quincy, was arrested Monday night in Braintree on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges for allegedly driving a U-Haul truck while high on drugs. He was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs.
According to the Braintree Police Department, a driver called police on Monday night and complained that he was nearly forced off the road by a man driving a U-Haul truck. Officers responded to the area located the U-Haul truck in the area of Elm and Middle Streets in Braintree.
The driver, according to Braintree Police, had signs of ‘impaired operation’, but the officers did not detect any smell of alcohol. The officers then had Anthony Mahoney exit his vehicle to perform Field Sobriety Tests, and while doing so, officers searched the U-Haul. As a result of the search, police allegedly found residue of a white substance on the center console of the truck, as well as the corner of a torn baggie, which police allege is “commonly used to package narcotics”.
What strikes me as most disturbing in this case is, what prompted the Braintree Police Officers to initiate a search of the U-Haul? If what has been reported is correct, Anthony Mahoney was not “arrested” until after the discovery of the alleged white powder. Without any other ‘reasonable suspicion’ that Mahoney had committed a crime, there was no justification for them to enter a search the vehicle prior to that time…
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