Federal agent booked in hit-and-run road rage crash


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RoyG
April 7, 2006, 11:58 PM
Federal agent booked in hit-and-run road rage crash (http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=133818&format=text)
By Laurel J. Sweet
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - Updated: 02:06 PM EST

An enforcement officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a hit-and-run road rage incident in South Boston that left a motorcyclist critically injured, police say.

Thomas Porro, 34, of South Boston, who was arrested Tuesday after police called him in to talk, pleaded not guilty yesterday in the South Boston division of Boston Municipal Court. He has been released on $10,000 cash bail.

But the silver 2004 Nissan Maxima authorities say Porro was driving when he allegedly ran Frank Merlonghi and his 2003 Harley-Davidson off Summer Street and into a center island the evening of March 29 has gone missing.

“The car that we are searching for is believed to be an official government vehicle,” said David Procopio, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. “To date (Porro) has not provided accurate information as to the car’s location.”

Procopio said Boston police also are checking into witness accounts that Porro threatened Merlonghi, 45, also of South Boston, with a handgun during a moving argument that led to Merlonghi being hospitalized with two fractured legs and several busted ribs.

“We are investigating whether he flashed a gun at the victim,” Procopio said, “and if so, if it was his government-issued weapon.”

Procopio confirmed police seized a gun and Porro’s federal badge when he was booked. He said there is no evidence to suggest Porro and Merlonghi knew each other previously.

A second man on a separate motorcycle, whom Merlonghi was riding with, was not injured.

Neither Porro’s attorney nor a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Commerce could be reached for comment.

Porro is due to return to court for a pretrial conference on May 17. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the missing Nissan Maxima is urged to call Boston police at 617-343-4742.

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The_Antibubba
April 8, 2006, 01:52 AM
OMG!

Do they have any idea where this could lead? If we begin to apply the same laws to law enforcement as we do to everyone else, that would make them accountable! They do realize the chaos that would bring, don't they???

lamazza
April 8, 2006, 01:54 AM
What bothers me the most about this story is that they are italians beating on other italians :)

Don't Tread On Me
April 8, 2006, 02:15 AM
Cop carry anyone? anyone?

Let me get this straight, I can't legally carry into a US Post Office or Federal buiding or property, despite being FBI checked, finger printed, photographed and licensed -

yet, they issue a firearm to thugs like this guy who use it to threaten others in an attempted murder hit & run road rage incident.

Now that is what I call equality! Naaa, there's zero sense of entitlement or elitism within our government. :rolleyes:

real_name
April 8, 2006, 02:25 AM
This is what happens when you have a $20 a day Starbucks habit.

Don't Tread On Me
April 8, 2006, 02:28 AM
:D

mrmeval
April 8, 2006, 03:56 AM
Actually it's cheaper than that. You can get a five shot :what: Americano for around 4.00 and it lasts all day. :evil:

Derby FALs
April 8, 2006, 10:52 AM
Let me get this straight, I can't legally carry into a US Post Office or Federal buiding or property, despite being FBI checked, finger printed, photographed and licensed -

What makes you believe that?

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 44 > § 930 Prev | Next

§ 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities


Release date: 2005-08-03

(a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(c) A person who kills any person in the course of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), or in the course of an attack on a Federal facility involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be punished as provided in sections 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1117.
(d) Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
(1) the lawful performance of official duties by an officer, agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof, who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of law;
(2) the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon by a Federal official or a member of the Armed Forces if such possession is authorized by law; or
(3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.

Hawkmoon
April 8, 2006, 12:09 PM
Derby FALs --

The issue of carry in postal facilities has been discussed here numerous times in the past. I suggest you do a search. I don't have the cites handy, but my recollection is that there are two different sections of the US Code that apply. You cited one, which could be interpreted to mean that holders of CCW permits can carry in postal facilties. My recollection is that the other cite is less ambiguous.

LAK
April 8, 2006, 12:37 PM
"An enforcement officer" for the DOC?

So there's another alphabet soup pseudo "police" agency. Another division in the growing army of Federal agents.

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Autolycus
April 9, 2006, 07:58 PM
LAK

Its only going to grow until we stop it.

cane
April 9, 2006, 09:26 PM
I never had a Nissan Maxima as an Issue car, I had to make do with a state contract (read cheap) crown vic.:confused:

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