Busy night at Milton highway ramp for one state trooper: He had to pause one traffic arrest to make a second, then charged first guy as a drug trafficker

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.

Innocent, etc.

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Lucky night

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.

Drunks are frequent cop killers. Strange that they aren't treated in proportion to the risk they pose to LEOs.

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tricky

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Pulled over for not signaling a lane change... In massachusetts on 95? Looks like a really weak attempt at parallel construction

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Great work by MSP!

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Great work by MSP. More proof that there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop x2. Unsafe lane change (failure to use blinker), failure to stay in marked lanes is a common stop. I'm sure all of us have violated it. If you follow a car long enough you can come up with anything, air freshener/rosary beads hanging from mirror, fuzzy dice (old days), dog on lap, bald tires, loud muffler, all violation of chapter 90, and can be stopped. With computers in most cruisers now, unregistered/uninsured is a no brainer.

On this forum, I recently encouraged Mayor Walsh to hire a private contractor to mark "stop lines" at intersections since failure to obey pavement markings is another fine in addition to the stop sign, 50% shared with the city. I was responding to Adam's post where, a citizen had taken it upon him/herself to paint STOP on the public way. The I-93 markings are better maintained. If you listen to the State Police radio on-line, many citizens call to report cars each night for "failure to maintain lane."

As for this incident, it always amazed me that drug traffickers and those carrying guns or other contraband would drive unregistered/uninsured, unlicensed. Case law allows police to computer check any plate for any reason or no reason at all. If your license expired on your birthday today, you can be arrested driving your car tomorrow for not being properly licensed. Inventory search is required so the suspect can't accuse the cop or tow driver of stealing. That's how many guns and drugs are found.

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Actually....

That's how many guns and drugs are found.

If your informant tells you that a shipment of drugs or guns is enroute, you can either stop the driver on that basis, make the arrest, and then, at trial, you'll need to reveal your informant, ending his or her usefulness as a source and likely putting his or her life at risk....

.... alternatively, you can pull the driver over for "erratic driving," find the cargo ("My, what a surprise!") and leave your informant out of it.

I'm amazed at the naivete of people who ask, "Why do all these drug couriers break traffic laws; you'd think they'd drive more carefully?"

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Not so fast Trooper

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I would like the first extend my gratitude for this Massachusetts state trooper for the outstanding policing and keeping us all safe. Kudos to you

Unfortunately the active death and stench of your fellow brother and sisters Troopers continues to override any Good Deeds Done by troopers at this time. Your brothers and sisters are fuking criminals and thieves and each and every one of them should be held accountable from stealing from me and other taxpayers. And those who knew and did nothing equally be held accountable.

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