HAVERHILL — State troopers arrested a man from Maine for having a gun without a license, after they came upon his stranded vehicle on the side of Interstate 495.

John Williams, 29, of 16 Jones St., Madison, Maine, was charged with possession/carrying a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possession of a large capacity feeding device, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation, state police said. He was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail.

Williams was arraigned on the charges on Thursday in Haverhill District Court, where in addition to setting bail, Judge Michael Patten issued him a 90-day warning, meaning if he is charged with another offense while his case is pending, he could be ordered held for up to 90 days without bail.

Patten scheduled a probable cause hearing for April 25.

Williams' passenger, a 32-year-old woman from Mercer, Maine, was issued a summons for possession of a Class B substance (Percocet), police said.

About 3:50 a.m Thursday, Troopers Randy Morales and Christopher Ryan of the Newbury Barracks were patrolling I-495 in Haverhill just north of Exit 49 when they came upon two vehicles in the breakdown lane.

Police said one of the vehicles appeared to have driven off the road into a ditch. The right, rear wheel was damaged. According to police, it was subsequently moved back into the breakdown lane with the help of another motorist who had stopped to assist.

Police questioned Williams, who displayed droopy eyelids, slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes, police said. A pat frisk of Williams turned up a pocket knife and several plastic cellophane bags with white and tan powder residue, police said.

A pat frisk of William's passenger turned up a plastic bag with residue, a shortened drinking straw, and white powder residue inside the pocket of the woman's hoodie along with a half of a Percocet pill, police said.

Police searched the vehicle's trunk, and found, in plain view, a loaded, 9mm Smith and Wesson magazine capable of holding 16 rounds, and loaded with 10 rounds. Police also found a partly open pouch containing a 9mm Smith and Wesson model SD9VE handgun with the slide portion separated from the frame, as well as an additional loaded 9mm magazine capable of holding 16 rounds, and containing 10 rounds. An additional round was located inside the pouch.

Williams was transported to the Newbury Barracks, where he was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail pending his arraignment.

As of Friday, Williams had not posted bail, according to court officials.


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