A Fall River man was arrested for drug and firearms trafficking after a traffic stop.
According to Tiverton Police, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Friday, a Tiverton police officer observed a 1999 Harley Davidson soft-tail motorcycle stopped in the right shoulder in the area of 15 Main Road. The operator accelerated rapidly from a stationary position in an erratic and dangerous manner, police said, causing the rear tire to squeal on the pavement. The motorcycle accelerated southbound on the main road and reached a speed of 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer investigated the law enforcement database and found that the motorcycle was not registered. A motor vehicle stop was made on Canonicus Street at Main Road where the operator was identified as Eric W. Spencer, 23, of Fall River. During the arrest, the officer discovered that Spencer was not licensed to drive a motorcycle.
The officer observed a blunt object/weapon protruding from Spencer’s right jacket pocket as well as a knife sheath protruding from under his jacket, believed to contain a concealed knife. A search of Spencer revealed an extendable staff and a fixed blade knife with a 5.5 inch blade. The officer held Spencer in handcuffs and then located metal knuckles inside Spencer’s jacket pocket and a revolver cartridge containing 8 rounds. A Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum revolver was then hidden inside Spencer’s belt, loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition. During a further search of Spencer’s person, a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine was also found in Spencer’s vest pocket.
Spencer was taken into custody and transported to Tiverton Police Headquarters. During the booking process, it was discovered that Spencer was wearing a ballistic vest (bulletproof vest) under his outer clothing.
Police said Spencer did not possess a license to carry a concealed firearm and was later charged with carrying a concealed gun without a license, possession of a controlled substance – 10 grams or less and possession of weapons other than firearms.
Spencer was arraigned at the headquarters and released after posting $5,000 bond.