Motorist with Firearm Arrested
A Vermont man accused of brandishing a firearm at a motorist while driving in New Hampshire passed through Wilmington before he was pulled over by police and found with a pair of firearms and a cache of ammunition on Friday, authorities say.
During a traffic stop, a trooper found Alan Cournoyer, 39, of Wolcott, with a .45 caliber handgun with an eight-round, fully-loaded magazine in the weapon, and an AR-15, 5.56 caliber firearm inside his pickup truck, according to a state police news release.
Police were contacted at around 12:30 p.m. Friday, about the driver of a Toyota Tundra brandishing a firearm while traveling from New Hampshire and onto Interstate 93 into Massachusetts, the release states.
After receiving the information, the Toyota was spotted by trooper Joaquin Miranda traveling Route 93 southbound in Wilmington. Miranda stopped the vehicle in Reading.
Aside from the firearms, state police said they discovered two empty 30-round magazines and 314 rounds of 5.56 ammunition inside the vehicle.
Cournoyer was the lone occupant of the pickup truck.
The 39-year-old was placed under arrest for illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of large capacity magazines, illegal possession of ammunition and illegal possession of an assault weapon.
Cournoyer was held pending $5,000 cash bail. He was slated to be arraigned in Woburn District Court on Monday.