Leominster – On Saturday, March 25, at 6:37 p.m., Officer James McKenna II of the Leominster Police Department saw a van at the intersection of Main Street and Merriam Avenue drive the wrong way down a one-way street (where the Leominster News Agency is).
“I observed a red Chevrolet van traveling at a normal rate of speed pass two conspicuously displayed ‘do not enter’ signs as well as one ‘one way’ sign and proceed down the one-way side of the street as if it were a two-way street,” wrote Officer McKenna in his Narrative for the incident. “There was only a left turn lane and a right turn lane where the street met the intersection.”
Officer McKenna pulled the van over in front of the Leominster News Agency, located at 6 Merriam Avenue. When he approached the driver’s side door, he discovered three occupants inside the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Brayan N. Rodas Cifuentes, 26, of 265 Charles Street, Apt. #1, Waltham, informed Officer McKenna that he didn’t have a license or registration and didn’t see the one-way street signs.
Cifuentes, a married painter without a social security number in the United States, presented a “Republica de Guatemala Identification Consular ID Card” as his only form of identification. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was registered to Nataneal Reyes, who resides at the same address as Cifuentes. However, there was no record of Brayan in the RMV database.
After instructing Cifuentes to exit the vehicle, Officer McKenna arrested him. Cifuentes was transported to the police station by another responding officer for booking.
According to Officer McKenna’s Narrative, the two other passengers also admitted to not having driver’s licenses. The vehicle was towed by E.T. Cote following an inventory procedure.
Upon returning to the station, Officer McKenna discovered that Cifuentes had a Board of Probation (BOP) record with conflicting information on his date of birth. In addition, the Massachusetts RMV’s MA Driver’s License listed Brayan’s license status as suspended.
“The date of birth indicated on his BOP is 07/03/97,” wrote Officer McKenna in his Narrative. “The date of birth on his Consular ID Card is 03/07/97. An in-state return on his fingerprints listed his date of birth as 03/07/97. The Massachusetts RMV’s MA Driver’s License (R1) lists Brayan’s license status as suspended and a date of birth as 03/07/97.”
Cifuentes was charged with operating a motor vehicle after license suspension and driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
His bail was set at $140.
Cifuentes was arraigned by Judge Mark Noonan in Leominster District Court on March 27.
During his arraignment, the charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was dismissed upon the request of the Commonwealth and the defendant as long as Cifuentes paid $100 court costs by April 4. The final disposition was listed as dismissed upon the recommendation of the Probation Department.
Cifuentes was also found to be “not responsible” for the charge of improper operation of a motor vehicle.
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