Minutes after receiving word from Massachusetts State Police that a Honda Accord with Connecticut license plates failed to stop for them, Worcester Police sprang into action and found it minutes later pulling into a driveway on South Street.
The driver, 22 year old Devon Ashton of Putnam quickly got out of the car and tried to run behind the apartment building where he was cut off by police. Police spotted what appeared to be a handgun in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. Police removed the gun from and Ashton was then placed in handcuffs.
The weapon was identified as a 9 millimeter Smith and Wesson with 6 rounds in the magazine and serial number ground off.
Ashton was placed under arrest and charged with several firearms related charges and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
The front-seat passenger, and owner of the car, Sidney Housson of Putnam was also arrested for her close proximity to the firearm and allowing Ashton to operate her car with a suspended license, along with being present when he fled from the initial State Police traffic stop.
The other passenger, 18 year old Giovanni Anderson of 57 South Street in Worcester was arrested a few minutes later after he “began to yell and scream for no apparent reason.” Police say his behavior began to cause a greater disturbance, and after ignoring several warnings to calm down, he was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
All three were transported to police headquarters and were arraigned on Friday afternoon at the Worcester County District Courthouse.