State Police report a trooper who'd pulled over a driver for failing to signal a lane change on I-93 in Milton early this morning watched a guy try to get on I-93 the wrong way - and nabbed him for OUI.
And, it turns out, the lane non-signaler, Darryl Molloch, 38, of Dorchester, had enough meth in his car to be charged as a trafficker, State Police say.
They describe how it all went down, around 1:25 a.m. at the Bryant Avenue ramp in East Milton:
Trooper Douglas Mesheau was on patrol on Route 93 Southbound in Milton when he observed a 2010 Mercury Milan change lanes without signaling. The trooper pulled the vehicle over after it exited onto Bryant Avenue.
Trooper Mesheau determined that the operator, Darryl Malloch, 38, of Dorchester, had a suspended license and was operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle. He advised Malloch that he would have to tow the vehicle. While Trooper Mesheau was waiting for the tow truck and having further conversation with Malloch outside his vehicle, he observed a 2010 Nissan Altima traveling on Bryant Ave, attempting to enter Route 93 Southbound going the wrong way. Trooper Mesheau advised Malloch to standby while he attempted to gain the attention of the wrong-way operator with his voice and flashlight.
As the wrong-way operator began entering the off-ramp from Route 93 Southbound, a vehicle exiting the highway narrowly missed a collision with the Nissan. Trooper Misheau made contact with the operator of the Nissan who, at this point had begun making a U-turn back onto Bryant Ave. Following an investigation, Trooper Mesheau arrested the 55-year-old Weymouth man for operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and improper operation of a motor vehicle.
With the help of another trooper who had arrived on scene, Mesheau then conducted an inventory search of Malloch's car - standard procedure for when a car is about to be towed away. They found approximately 29 grams of meth and hypodermic needles, State Police say.
Malloch was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, distributing hypodermic needles without a license and a variety of driving offenses, State Police say.