Loaded gun found on erratic driver after struggle with trooper

A loaded pistol was found on a Springfield man who was stopped for irregular driving and grabbed the gun while fighting a soldier, State Police said.

Jonathan O. Romero, 22, was arrested Monday morning on multiple charges, including illegally operating a motor vehicle, carrying a firearm without a license and resisting the arrest, police said.

Soldier Joel Daoust stopped a 2004 Toyota Sienna on Interstate 90 heading east in Charlton on Monday morning after a driver reported the vehicle was being driven irregularly, police said.

After a brief conversation with the driver of the Toyota, Romero, Daoust learned that he was only operating with a learning permit, the police said.

While Romero was being arrested, he tried to pull away from Daoust while reaching for the waistband of his pants, police said.

After a brief fight, Romero was handcuffed and arrested. A loaded 9mm SCCY CPX-2 pistol was found in his waistband.

He was due to appear in Dudley District Court Tuesday morning. The result of his indictment was not immediately available.

Romero was charged Tuesday and held pending a 2pm hearing on Thursday at which a judge will determine whether he is too dangerous to be released on bail. The hearing will be conducted remotely.

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