Last Friday Trooper Jacob Hass, assigned to the Troop H Community Action Team, was working a road construction detail on Route 90 eastbound at mile marker 132 in Boston. The detail setup was clearly marked with traffic cones and a gradual lane closure with actively lit signage. Shortly after 3 a.m. Trooper Hass observed a blue Acura sedan strike numerous traffic cones and enter the closed lanes in an attempt to pass a tractor trailer.
The vehicle was traveling at a speed far greater than the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour nearly striking the cruiser as well as a Mass DOT truck stopped in the detail setup. Additionally, there were numerous members of the construction crew actively working while on foot. Trooper Hass caught up to the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, stopping the Acura as it entered the Prudential Tunnel.
Upon the vehicle stopping Trooper Hass approached it and identified the operator as MATTHEW BISHOP, 24, of Brighton, then requested his driver’s license and registration. While BISHOP opened the center console of the vehicle to gather his documents the Trooper observed a pistol inside. BISHOP does not possess a license to carry firearms. Trooper Hass removed BISHOP from the vehicle and placed him in custody. While speaking to BISHOP, Trooper Hass detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from BISHOP’s breath. Trooper Hass also noticed several signs of impairment and suspected BISHOP was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Several other Troopers arrived on scene to assist and located a loaded Sig Sauer .22 caliber pistol in the console. While on scene, Troopers also discovered BISHOP had two active felony warrants for his arrest. It was also discovered that the Acura was not registered.
BISHOP was eventually transported to the State Police Tunnels Barracks for booking. A Bail commissioner ordered BISHOP to be held for his appearance at Boston Municipal Court where he was arraigned on the following charges:
- Illegal Possession of a Firearm;
- Possession of Ammunition without FID Card;
- Possession of Firearm without FID Card;
- Operating a Vehicle while Under the Influence of Alcohol;
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
- Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in Vehicle;
- Operating an Unregistered Vehicle;
- Marked Lanes Violation; and