SALEM — A Salem man with a record of gun charges dating back to his teen years may have thought he was living like the star of a rap video when, police say, he rolled down Lafayette Street in a Jaguar on Thursday, a new Glock 9 mm handgun tucked into his waistband and a woman by his side.
Now Deshawn Mosley, 23, of 29 Park St., is at Middleton Jail, held on $100,000 bail, charged with illegal possession of a handgun and ammunition, drunken driving, speeding, giving a false name, resisting arrest and driving after license suspension.
Mosley, who was still on probation for a 2009 gun case in Lynn, was spotted by two Salem patrolmen who were watching traffic on Lafayette Street (Route 114) shortly after 1 a.m. A radar device showed that he was driving 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, so the officers stopped the Jag, said Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.
Asked for a license and registration, Mosley reached into the glove compartment and pulled out a stack of papers, which he then dropped. After fishing around and handing one of the officers a vehicle inspection report, Mosley complained, “I can’t find that (expletive).”
He told police his name was Dallas Lee, Prosniewski said, but a check of the computer in the police cruiser showed a man with that name who looked nothing like the driver.
Meanwhile, police noticed that the woman in the passenger seat had vomited and then passed out. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
When Mosley was asked to step out of the car, he was so drunk he nearly fell over, according to police. That’s when Patrolman Roberson Troncoso tried to steady Mosley by putting his hand on Mosley’s shoulder and waist — and felt what he suspected was a gun.
When the officers tried to handcuff Mosley, a struggle ensued, during which Mosley reached toward his waist. Police took the gun from his pants and realized that it was loaded, with one round in the chamber and 27 more rounds in an extended magazine, Prosniewski told Judge Michael Lauranzano.