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Cops seize large capacity ammunition magazines in Arlington

Posted by Brock Parker  February 5, 2013 03:18 PM

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Police seized several large capacity ammunition clips from this vehicle after it was crashed into a telephone pole on Summer Street Saturday. Photo Courtesy Arlington Police.

Arlington Police are seeking criminal charges and have seized six large capacity ammunition magazines from a Boston man after he allegedly drove into and severed a telephone pole early Saturday.

magazinesOUI.JPGPolice said Tuesday that they have filed a criminal complaint seeking that Kyle Laidman, 28, be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, texting while driving and possession of large capacity ammunition magazines without a license.

The criminal complaint will go before a magistrate in the Cambridge District court for a probable cause hearing sometime in the next month, police said Tuesday.

Laidman was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital with serious injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening early Saturday morning after police said he crashed a Mercedes into a telephone pole on Summer Street and severed the pole in half.

An investigation led police to believe Laidman was under the influence of alcohol and was texting while driving when the crash occurred.

Police seized what they said were “six thirty-round machine gun ammunition magazines” from Laidman’s vehicle and one 9 millimeter fifteen-round magazine that was labeled “law enforcement and government use only.”

Arlington Police Captain Robert Flynn said the magazines are tan and appear to for a machine gun, but no rifle was found in the vehicle. He said police also found a military uniform in the trunk of Laidman’s car and are looking into whether Laidman has served in the military.

Regardless of whether Laidman has served in the military, police said he is not licensed to carry firearms, and the possession of the ammunition magazines without a license is a felony in Massachusetts.

In a statement Tuesday, Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said possession of the large capacity ammunition feeding devices without a license is a serious crime. Ryan said police are investigating to determine the origin of the magazines and what access, if any, Laidman has to the firearms that use the magazines.

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