Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on July 24, Trooper Bryan Hurley, assigned to State Police-Brookfield, happened upon a disabled vehicle, with damage, on West Main Street in Spencer. While speaking to the operator, identified as MIGUEL CRUZ-RAMOS, 23, of Worcester, Trooper Hurley suspected he was intoxicated and conducted a series of tests. At the conclusion of the tests, CRUZ-RAMOS was placed under arrest and a tow truck was dispatched to remove the vehicle.
Prior to the vehicle being removed, Sergeant Charles Murphy assisted on scene and conducted an inventory of its contents. During the inventory, Sergeant Murphy located a loaded 15 round magazine. None of the occupants possessed a license to carry firearms, or a Firearms Identification Card, causing the inventory to now become a search. During the search, Troopers located a 10 mm pistol, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition. Troopers also discovered the firearm to be modified in a way that enabled it to fire fully-automatic.
CRUZ-RAMOS was transported to the Brookfield Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $5,000. CRUZ-RAMOS was eventually transported to East Brookfield District Court where he was arraigned on the following charges:
1. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated;
2. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
3. Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash;
4. Illegal Possession of a Machine Gun;
5. Possessing a Firearm while Intoxicated;
6. Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, three counts;
7. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card; and
8. Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm.