On Sunday, the Massachusetts State Police and Lawrence Police were jointly conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Route 114 in the City of Lawrence. These checkpoints are routinely held across the state to educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.
At about 1:05 a.m., a Honda CRV failed to stop at the checkpoint and the Trooper signaling the vehicle to stop observed the operator to be reaching under his seat as he fled. A Lawrence police officer pursued the Honda a short distance before it was stopped. Upon approaching the Honda, officers observed that there was now a female driver and the previously observed male driver was in the passenger seat. A subsequent search of the Honda yielded a loaded Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun inside the vehicle. The female was identified as JUDITH MARTINEZ, age 27 of Lawrence, and the male as TWALDO BAEZ, age 36, also of Lawrence.
MARTINEZ was arrested and charged with:
- OUI Alcohol
BAEZ was arrested and charged with:
- Fail to Stop for Police
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Operating with a Suspended License (Subsequent Offense)
- Possession of a Firearm
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm
- Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon or Feeding Device
- Firearm Violation with 3 Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
- Default Warrant for Violation of a 209A Order
- Default Warrant for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
- Default Warrant for Furnishing a False Name and Disorderly Conduct
MARTINEZ and BAEZ were held at the Middleton HOC on $40 bail and no bail respectively. Both will be arraigned today in Lawrence District Court.