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Unmarked police cruiser hit, Springfield driver faces OUI and firearm charges

By Ashley Shook,


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man was arrested after allegedly hitting a police cruiser early Monday morning.

Springfield man faces more firearm charges while out on bail

At around 12:50 a.m. members of the C3 North End Unit saw a vehicle cross over the double-yellow lines on Main Street before turning onto Bancroft Street. The vehicle then stopped on the 0-100 block of Bancroft Street and the driver began to drive in reverse and made contact with the bumper of the officer’s unmarked cruiser.

While officers were speaking with the driver, 33-year-old Freddie Rivera of Springfield, they saw a firearm inside the car and an open beer in the cup holder. According to Springfield Police, Rivera was arrested and charged with the following:

  • OUI – Liquor
  • Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card
  • Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle
  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License
  • Carrying a Firearm while Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Number Plate Violation
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with After-Market Lighting
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