Alleged Drunk Driver Was Carrying a Gun When Arrested

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

 What began as routine speeding stop turned into more when the driver of the car pulled over by Tewksbury Police was allegedly not only drunk but was also carrying a concealed hand gun.

According to Tewksbury Police, the incident began Thursday morning at around 2 a.m., when officers pulled over a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro on Salem Road. Officers made contact with the operator and identified him as Charles Waitt, 22, of 3 Butterworth Road, Wilmington.

According to the report, the officers suspected that Waitt was driving drunk and he was asked to step from his vehicle. After doing so, Waitt was asked whether or not he had any weapons on him and he admitted to Officers that he was armed with a firearm.

The officers searched Waitt and discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun. Through further investigation it was learned that Waitt possessed a valid Massachusetts License to Carry a Firearm.  However, it is illegal to carry a gun while drunk.

Waitt arrested and charged with OUI-liquor, Carrying a firearm while intoxicated, speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Additional Arrests:

Cecelia Fournier, 61, 6303 Archstone Ave., was arrested on Oct. 11 and charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Brian Morrill, 26, 200 Market St., #3212, Lowell, was arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with operating a motor vehicle after his license was suspended, illegally attaching plates, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Additional Incidents:

There were multiple calls to police on Tuesday, Oct. 9 regarding several covers being stolen from Windsor Road. Another call reported a drain cover stolen from the end of Fernwood, near Langley Lane. Officers responded and the DPW covered the holes with a steel sheet.

At 6:23 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, there was a report of a mailbox being vandalized on Mitchell G Drive.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, a person came into the station to complain about a theft. According to the person, someone had stolen a power washer from out of his truck while it parked at Home Depot.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com


Dirk Anderson October 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Wow, a very quiet week in Tewksbury, evidently criminals took Columbus Day off.
beatrice October 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Interesting about the manhole and drain covers because there was a truck on my street on Wednesday that said Road Way Maintenance that was inspecting the covers. I was outside and visible to the driver, so don't know if he was legit or not.
Mark October 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Not until the fourth paragraph is it mentioned that the individual was legally carrying a fire arm. Once again the patch sensationalizes the headline.
denise October 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM
"legally?"...he was drunk...not supposed to have a firearm when drinking...I'm sure i dont want this guy to have a firearm at all!!!
Honest Joe October 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Of course Mark, that is how the media grabs the attention. At lease he had a license to carry Denise, better that not having a license at all. Do you know what it takes to get a license? It's not just a walk in the park... His bad for carring and driving while under the influence, not a smart choice at all.


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