Troopers Arrest Man with Firearm, Narcotics

At approximately 11 a.m. today Trooper Nidu Andrade and his Field Training Officer, a member of the H Troop Community Action Team, were on patrol traveling on Route 138 southbound in Canton. As they were approaching Route 93 they observed a gray Kia sedan traveling at a high rate of speed cutting off other vehicles. The Troopers were able to catch up to the vehicle after it got stuck behind slower moving traffic. As it entered the on ramp to Route 93 the operator increased speed to approximately 55 miles per hour where the posted speed limit is 35 mph. Trooper Andrade activated the cruiser’s emergency lights and subsequently stopped it on Route 93 northbound prior to Exit 4.

After the vehicle stopped the Troopers approached it and attempted to identify the operator. After several minutes of conversation, it was determined that the operator provided a false name and date of birth with the intentions of concealing his true identity. He was removed from the vehicle and eventually identified as RICHARD WIGFALL, 30, of Holbrook. It was determined on scene that WIGFALL’s driver’s license was revoked for a prior charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was placed under arrest and seated in the rear of Trooper Andrade’s cruiser.

After WIGFALL was secured the Troopers attempted to conduct an inventory of his vehicle prior to it being towed from the scene. During the inventory WIGFALL forcefully struck the interior window of the cruiser he was seated in and shattered it. Additional Troopers responded to the scene for assistance. Once WIGFALL was under watch Troopers continued the inventory. They located a loaded .380 caliber firearm with the serial defaced rendering it unable to be traced. WIGFALL does not possess a license to carry firearms. Troopers also located a small amount of a white substance believed to be Cocaine along with an open alcoholic beverage in the front cupholder.

Due to WIGFALL destroying the window on the first cruiser he was transferred to another cruiser then transported to State Police-Milton where he was booked. WIGFALL was able to post bail. He is expected to be arraigned at Stoughton District Court on the following offenses:

  1. Possession of a Class B Substance;
  2. Possession of a Firearm;
  3. Possession of a Firearm with Defaced Serial Number;
  4. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card;
  5. Malicious Damage to Motor Vehicle;
  6. Failure to Identify to Police;
  7. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked License, Subsequent Offense;
  8. Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle;
  9. Marked Lanes Violation; and
  10. Speeding.

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