Police: Expired inspection sticker trips up guy driving in Charlestown with a loaded gun

State Police report a Medford man pulled over by a trooper doing traffic duty on Alford Street Saturday night because his car's inspection sticker was expired turned out to be wanted on a variety of warrants and had a loaded gun in the car.

German Hernandez, 27, of Medford, also didn't have a valid license, State Police say, adding, "a fully-loaded 32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered from inside the vehicle" - and it had its serial number obliterated.

Hernandez was charged with unlicensed possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered or defaced serial number, providing a false name to a police officer, driving without a license and failing to inspect a motor vehicle. He was also wanted on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

He's scheduled for arraignment today in Charlestown Municipal Court.

Innocent, etc.

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They can be.

But cyclists are so nice, why stop them? I've never actually seen a cyclist commit a violation.

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Yeah!

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Let's run checks on pedestrians too! I say: if you're in public, you are subject to search! Think of how many criminals we could catch.

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Ummm... I'm pretty sure if

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Ummm... I'm pretty sure if you have an open container of alcohol while sitting on a bench or walking around in a public park cops will search and question you. So, what's your problem? What is it with the anti-pedestrian cycling fanatics on this site? I have avid cyclist friends who live in cities and have even biked cross-country and they are non-angry and pro-pedestrian safety, so what gives, haters? One last note: now that spring is here and you're biking on city streets again, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. IT'S THE LAW.

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My problem(s)

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I have multiple problems with the post I replied to.
First, it states that bicyclists are not stopped for moving violations. They are. Depending on your view of how much of a danger they pose to other road users, they may be stopped too frequently or not frequently enough. But they are stopped and they are required to identify themselves and the police may check for outstanding warrants at that time. So it's just wrong.
Second, it implies that bicyclists are more likely to have outstanding warrants than the public at large. If that were not implied, why wouldn't the poster have advocated for the stopping and warrant-checking of any one in public found committing a violation (such as your open container-toting exemplar)? Personally, I think if the police have a legal reason to demand identification from someone in public, it probably makes sense to run that name through the system while they are at it. I don't see what that has to do with driving, biking, sitting on stoops, or anything else. So the point is also a needless attack on bicyclists.

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Actually its not the law

to always stop, its mostly just to yield so as not to hit them. The signs on bollards are inaccurate.

Here is the link to the MA state law. Note how the language says driver of a vehicle, so is inclusive of bicycles. That is until the part when it comes to pedestrians getting hit. Investigations only apply when hit by a motor vehicle. There are numerous double standards like that in Mass road laws.
https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter89/sect...

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When a pedestrian dies, does it really matter?

Your comments are again irrelevant, because the death of a pedestrian should be investigated no matter the weight of the vehicle, be it a 100 lb bikefiet or moped, or heavier motorcycle, car, truck, or MBTA bus.

I did not refile this session because Rep. Garbally would likely again "accidentally" butcher what I submitted, and then, be ignored like 7,000 other bills each session, including those from MassBike.

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Apparently not

Given how often there is any real police concern or citation of motorists or even lost licenses for those who kill them.

Again, physics matters. Motorists kill. Cyclists? Rarely.

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Plenty of space to hide stuff

I always bike with a literal ton of weed and five guns concealed in my panniers.

I use my hyperspace transmogrifier to compact it all, and my warp drive assist to haul it.

My son has been asked nicely what was in the hard case he was carrying (Violin) before.

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I can picture this

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Son: Mom, what's in the case?
SG: Keep your mouth shut and don't ask questions. And for God's sake, stay on the bike. The coppers can't do a thing to ya if you stay on the bike.

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But bikes only represent 2% of traffic

Clearly we should be focusing our law enforcement efforts elsewhere, based on that number alone. And I'd have to imagine that the number of bicyclists with outstanding warrants, defaults, etc would a much much smaller number when compared to the larger driving population.

There is a much larger class of road operators that tend to cause significantly more damage and risks to public safety.

We need to focus our resources on the bigger volume of road users that break the law. Until they prove they can all drive with-in the rules of the road, we can't be wasting police resources chasing after Lance wannabes.

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What, no Spandex reply?

I'm disappointed in you people. I provide an opener and nobody ponders the concealment of a handgun in Spandex pants/jersey!

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Spandex

You aren't supposed to wear it so tightly around your neck that your brain stops functioning.

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Just curious

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When's the last time someone did the full sentence for possession of a firearm with a scratched out sn? Isn't that a federal charge?

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It'd be nice if BPD

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would enforce some traffic laws occasionally too. D4's commander told my neighbor that he "doesn't have the man-power for that". And we're supposed to believe that paid details are important because detail officers are out there fighting crime and not just staring at their phones. Pull somebody over for blocking the box or cruising through occupied crosswalks every once in a while maybe and maybe you'll catch some criminals

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