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Westport Police arrest 5 from Fall River, New Bedford, Westport, Dartmouth

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Westport Police made 5 arrests over the long weekend on various charges.

On Friday night at 10:00 p.m., police observed a vehicle traveling on State Road with the front passenger head light out. The vehicle was stopped by police and the operator was identified as John Kazen of Westport. A records check revealed his right to operate was suspended. He was asked to exit the vehicle and while being pat frisked, police located a hypodermic needle in his pocket. After a further search, police located pink wax baggies containing heroin, located in his shoes. Kazen was placed under arrest and charged with Operating After Suspension and Possession of Heroin.

On Saturday morning at 2:30 a.m., police observed a vehicle stopped on State Road with the passenger door open. Police learned the front passenger was sick. The operator was identified as Joshua Souza of Fall River. A license check revealed a warrant out of Fall River District Court and he was placed under arrest.

At 3:30 a.m. police observed a vehicle traveling on Route 88 near the intersection of Charlotte White Road. The vehicle crossed the center line into the opposite lane of travel. Police stopped the vehicle and the operator was identified as Michelle Mello of New Bedford. After a further investigation, she was placed under arrest for OUI, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and a Marked Lanes Violation.

At 6:40 p.m. police observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection of Briggs and Gifford Road. The vehicle went through the sign at 20 miles per hour with a pedestrian waiting to cross the street. Police stopped the vehicle being operated by Christopher Andrade of New Bedford, who fumbled through his wallet and provided police with his debit card rather than his driver’s license. After a further investigation, he was placed under arrest for OUI and Failing to Stop.

At 9:45 p.m. police were running radar on Route 88 and observed a vehicle traveling 64 in a posted 50 zone. The vehicle was stopped by police and the operator was identified as Michael Andrade of Dartmouth. Police detected an odor of alcohol on his breath and he had slurred speech. After a further investigation he was placed under arrest for OUI, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

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