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Man charged with felony gun possession

CHARLESTOWN — A “road rage” incident on Route 1 Thursday night resulted in a man being arrested on gun charges. He and his girlfriend were later evicted from Burlingame State Park.

James J. Ouellette Jr., 42, of New Britain, Conn., was charged with carrying a loaded weapon while intoxicated, a felony, and possessing weapons other than firearms (brass knuckles, throwing knife and expandable baton), a misdemeanor.

Charlestown and state Department of Environmental Management law enforcement officers were informed of an incident involving the driver of the vehicle in which Ouelette was a passenger.

According to a Charlestown police report on the incident, a DEM officer stopped the vehicle on Route 1.

While the operator and passenger were being questioned, police observed a rifle under the passenger’s seat.

The rifle was loaded, with three rounds in the magazine, said Charlestown Sgt. Philip B. Gingerella Sr.

Police also noted “a cooler full of cold beer cans,” and a “cold, open beer can” behind Ouelette’s seat.

Gingerella said Ouelette was placed in custody and read his rights at the scene. Police said he agreed to a chemical test to determine intoxication, with a reading of .275. He was arraigned before a justice of the peace at the Charlestown police station and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

A felony screening date was scheduled for Sept. 18.

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