, Gloucester, MA

October 14, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Man fined over pepper-spray incident

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A 34-year-old Holly Street man accused of refusing to exit his vehicle after police stopped him for driving past a stop sign at the end of his street in June pleaded guilty last week to resisting arrest.

Judge Joseph Jennings found the man, Jon C. Benjamin, guilty and ordered him to pay a $50 assessment and remain on administrative supervision until the new year.

Police, who also arrested Benjamin on an outstanding warrant at the time of the traffic stop, had used pepper spray to distract Benjamin after he attempted to “fight (police) off,” according to the police report. He also refused to put his hands behind his back as an officer attempted to handcuff him.

A man caught driving after his license was revoked when he was classified as a “habitual traffic offender” admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of driving after a license revocation, but Judge Jennings continued the case without a finding until April 2016.

A state trooper in July discovered that Amero Court resident Allen L. Knight, 39, had been driving without a license after he saw Knight pushing his broken-down vehicle into a break down lane near the Annisquam River Bridge.

Jennings also ordered Knight to attend a safe drivers’ program. and to not drive until he gets licensed.

Judge Jennings also dismissed the following charges in Gloucester District Court:

Jarred Johnson, a 31-year-old Cross Street man, saw three counts of larceny over $250 against him and one charge of larceny over $250 by false pretense dismissed upon failure to prosecute in court.

A 28-year-old Peabody man, Agnaldo Oliveira, will see an unlicensed driving charge leveled against him dismissed if he pays $200 in court costs. Oliveira was found responsible for a marked lanes violation in the same case.

A charge of failing to provide a DNA database sample was dismissed against a 32-year-old Saugus man, Patrick M. Ross, at the Commonwealth’s request.

Steven Macdougall, a 28-year-old from Essex, will see a charge of driving during a license suspension dismissed if he pays $200 in court costs.

Highland Street resident Kristen S. Uhlendorf-Ryan, 46, saw a charge of unlicensed driving against her dismissed at the Commonwealth’s request. She was also found not responsible for driving a vehicle that did not have an inspection sticker.