Reading Police Department Arrests and Charges Lawrence Man with Drug Charges and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol

READING – Chief David Clark reports that the Reading Police Department arrested and charged a Lawrence man with drug charges and operating under the influence of alcohol. 

BRYANT AQUINO, AGE 25 of LAWRENCE, was arrested and charged with the following: 

  • Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage
  • Refusing to Identify Self while Operating a Motor Vehicle
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Alcohol
  • Concealing Leased/Rented Property
  • Possession of Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute
  • Arrestee Furnishing False Name/Address to a Law Enforcement Officer
Drug paraphernalia, open containers of alcohol, approximately 40.43 ounces of marijuana and approximately 575 pills were seized following an OUI arrest of a Lawrence man. (Photo Courtesy Reading Police)

On Wednesday, June 12, at approximately 2:31 p.m. Reading Police received reports of a man believed to have fallen asleep behind the wheel of a black Ford Edge while waiting at a traffic light in the area of Main Street and Salem Street.

While on route to the area, officers received an update from dispatch that the vehicle from the original report, a black Ford Edge, had driven off the roadway and crashed outside a home on Dudley Street, damaging a fence on the property. The operator of the vehicle was seen leaving the scene of the crash on foot. 

Reading officers responded to both areas, and located the driver, later determined to be AQUINO, on Salem Street roughly 100 yards away from the crash.

The black Ford Edge was determined to be a rental which AQUINO was not registered to drive. 

AQUINO was arrested without further incident.

During booking it was determined that AQUINO originally provided a false name to police. It was then determined that AQUINO had active warrants in other communities. 

Through a subsequent search of the Ford Edge, officers discovered approximately 40.34 ounces of marijuana, approximately 575 round orange pills, drug paraphernalia including scales and small clear baggies, and open containers of alcohol. 

AQUINO was arraigned in Woburn District Court on Thursday. 

“I would like to thank the residents and community members who assisted in this incident,” said Chief Clark. “We always encourage our community to call if they see something suspicious and I applaud the residents for their active roles in this incident. I would also like to thank our officers for their continued hard work and diligence throughout this incident.”

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. 

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