WINCHENDON – On Monday, April 17, 2023, at approximately 1:48 p.m., Detective Caleb Similia of the Winchendon Police Department was driving on Summer Street when he observed an expired inspection sticker on a white GMC Jimmy/Envoy.
Det. Similia called Officer Brandon Lucier, asking him to conduct an RMV query of the vehicle.
“Ofc. Lucier advised me the registration came back to a blue Toyota Camry and showed a revoked status,” wrote Det. Similia in his Narrative for the incident. “Additionally, the RMV showed the owner was a Dallas Dougherty out of Gardner, MA.”
Det. Similia initiated a motor vehicle stop on Beech Street. As he interacted with the driver, Ofc. Dylan Mei and Ofc. Lucier responded to the scene for backup.
“I requested the operator’s license and he provided a Massachusetts ID identifying himself as Daniel McMaster,” wrote Ofc. Similia in his Narrative.
McMaster, 34, is a resident of 30 Tucker Street in Winchendon. According to police, his marital status is “separated”and he works at Dunkin’ Donuts in Rindge, New Hampshire.
“I asked Daniel if he had a license and he stated he was in the process of re-obtaining one,” Det. Similia said. “I asked if he was suspended and he said yes (confirmed with dispatch). I informed Daniel the stop was for his registration and he stated that he just purchased the vehicle. Daniel said he was bringing the vehicle to Scooter’s Auto, which was right across the street.”
At around this time, dispatch informed Det. Similia that McMaster may have a straight warrant out of Leominster.
“While awaiting confirmation, I asked Daniel if he had paperwork for the vehicle,” wrote Det. Similia in his Narrative. “He provided me with the Title and Bill of Sale. Both were dated 2/26/23 and Daniel was noted as the purchaser and a Roger Cormier as the seller. Dispatch confirmed the warrant and Daniel was advised he was being placed under arrest. He was handcuffed behind the back without issue.”
The warrant for McMaster’s arrest was out of Leominster District Court for breaking & entering building nighttime for felony, larceny from building, and destruction of property +$1,200.”
When Det. Similia began to inventory the vehicle, he noticed that a small, gray-zippered bag which was previously on the front seat, was no longer there.
“I located it on the rear passenger floor and found a small amount of marijuana in a Ziploc bag and paraphernalia. The bag also contained a pack of cigarettes with a crack pipe inside,” wrote Det. Similia in his Narrative. “Ofc. Lucier and Ofc. Mei conducted a more thorough search of Daniel’s person roadside. I read Daniel his Miranda Warnings, which he understood. I advised him of the crack pipe I located. Daniel stated he didn’t know it was there and moved the bag because he was worried about the marijuana.”
Det. Similia and Ofc. Mei continued searching the vehicle while Ofc. Lucier transported McMaster to the police station for booking.
“I located an additional pack of cigarettes in the center console containing another crack pipe,” wrote Det. Similia in his Narrative. “Both of these crack pipes were seized. Ofc. Mei completed the inventory and awaited Brooks Automotive for a tow. The crack pipes and registration plates were seized.”
When Det. Similia returned to the station, he asked McMaster where the registration plates were from.
“He stated they belonged to an acquaintance,” wrote Det. Similia in his Narrative. “I asked if he had insurance for the vehicle and he said no. I advised him of the 7-day transfer law noting that he was well past, as the vehicle was purchased in February. I told Daniel the warrant was out of Leominster District [Court] [docket # redacted] for breaking & entering building nighttime for felony, larceny from building, and destruction of property +$1,200.”
McMaster was charged with operation after suspension, uninsured motor vehicle, and number plate violation to conceal ID.
His bail was set at $500.
McMaster was arraigned in Winchendon District Court on April 18.
He had a pretrial disposition on June 21.
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