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Guy about to get ticket for parking in Central Square no-parking zone winds up facing gun and drug charges

Cambridge Police report officers getting ready to have a car towed away from Central Square because its driver had parked in a No Parking zone found both drugs and guns in the car and arrested its driver, James Bonaventure, 24, of Cambridge.

Police say officers spotted Bonaventure pull into a no-parking zone at Mass. Ave. and Prospect Street around 8:45 a.m. today. They ran his plate and discovered his license had been suspended.

While awaiting a tow, officers began to perform a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers recovered a loaded .38 caliber firearm, multiple bags of marijuana, pills, $599 in cash, scales and other paraphernalia.

Because he disobeyed a No Parking sign, Bonaventure now faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, illegally carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a Class E drug, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and driving with a suspended license, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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Biked by and saw the (alleged) perp being booked. He asked the officer something about his suspended license as I rolled by. I wondered why he was being thrown in a paddy wagon for driving with a suspended license. I guess there were some other inconsistencies that CPD found.

Innocent, etc.

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All my Irish friends say it.

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Why'd they have probably cause to search this clowns car? Definitely a bad dude -but why did CPD have the ability to search the car without a warrant? Story is missing that investigative hook or he's going to have most the charges dropped from inadmissible evidence.

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Police determined the guy had committed a crime - driving with a suspended license. At that point, the cops had to tow his car. And that means they had to perform an "inventory search" and catalog the contents of the car.

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They ran his plate and discovered his license had been suspended.

That sounds backwards. They ran the plate, and the owner's license came up?

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They ran his plate to check to see if he was the owner and if he had any outstanding violations. Standard procedure.

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Yeah, don't borrow someone's car if their license is expired.

Expect this kind of thing to happen much more as automated license plate readers get more common. Eventually you won't make it out of your driveway without the alarms going off. And there are plenty of stories where the government computer got it wrong and flagged someone when they didn't actually have an unpaid ticket or suspended license.

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Walk.

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yup it happens like that... i was driving my mom's car one day and got pulled over because her tints were too dark they said .when they came to the window , they told me to tell my mother her license was expired .

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...you're better off only breaking one at a time. This guy hit the trifecta (parking, suspended license, contraband in the car)..

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I have never been in central square without people illegally double parked, parked in the bike/bus lane or otherwise illegally parking. I have also never seen the cops do anything about it, even though they are there often. If the cops would Do Their Job and ticket everyone who parks there illegally, traffic would flow much better and it would be safer for all. Do they run the plates of everyone who parks illegally and just do nothing if they are only breaking one law, or did this guy have a certain look that made them check his plate and actually do something?

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I nearly got doored into/under a bus while pedaling down Mass Ave through Central last year. Some senior citizen asshole was double-parked in the bike lane. He got into his car as I was approaching, closed the door, and then flung it open again directly in my path. I was 6 inches away from death, or at least severe injuries. No cops to be found. I've seen and maneuvered around countless others double parked in that stretch, but that was the worst.

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While it's not your fault, you can protect yourself by riding 3 feet from parked cars. Especially double-parked ones.

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That's why a hose wasn't needed to remove me from the road that afternoon.

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When someone is too impaired or just too fucking lazy to park properly, I assume that they are impaired and I give them a wide birth.

If an idiot motorists yells at me for doing so, I point out that I wouldn't have to pull into the vehicular travel lane if car owners didn't pull such shit on the regular.

Always give lazy and hazy and crazy a wide margin.

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to put away the bike and drive a car. If you value your life, don't bicycle on urban streets.

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I'll drive my car the huge distance from Lower Allston to Harvard Square (my first destination that day) during rush hour, and then I'll leave it in one of those readily-available parking spots you always see around there (or pay out the ass for the garage). That's the solution.

For what it's worth, I drive to and from my job outside of the city (reverse-commuting is awesome!). I choose to bike in and around Boston because it is generally MUCH more efficient, and if you're careful, it can be a safe way to get around. You just have to watch out for assholes such as yourself who feel that bikes don't belong on city streets.

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Admit that urban streets have lots of people and activity on them, were not designed for cars, and should not have any cars on them.

In other words, get out and walk lazy bones. Or just stop driving because you are a hazard, not the cyclists and pedestrians.

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Why should I give up my rights because others cannot behave themselves?

I mean, can I just go rob your house and say "you shouldn't have expensive things if you don't want them stolen". Or "you shouldn't be alive if you don't want to be murdered"?

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Cambridge makes most of its money through ticketing cars. And motorcycles. Especially when they stick the ticket to the motorcycle tank because they don't know how or where to put the ticket. But I'm not bitter. (Yes, Central Sq. The no parking sign was pretty far away and the person riding said bike, not me, just didn't realize he was in a no parking zone. No big, it was paid. But the idiot meter monster sticking the ticket to the tank is a problem).

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It looks to me that they do enforce parking restrictions.

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