Northampton woman arrested on firearm, OUI charges on Friday night 

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/17/2018 10:54:43 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A city woman pulled over by police late Friday night for allegedly driving erratically near one of downtown’s busiest intersections as Calvin Theatre showgoers were exiting a performance is facing several charges, including allegedly carrying a loaded firearm inside a handbag in her vehicle.

Northampton Police Lt. Craig Kirouac said officer Eli Pack saw the driver of a white Hyundai, later identified as Alexandria Grygorcewicz, 24, rev the engine and accelerate rapidly through the intersection of Main and King streets at about 10:30 p.m. Kirouac noted that a show had just got out of the Calvin and a large number of pedestrians were walking in the intersection at the time.

After stopping the vehicle on Pleasant Street, Pack said Grygorcewicz appeared “lethargic” and that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the car, Kirouac said.

Pack asked Grygorcewicz for her license and registration, and when she leaned toward the glove compartment, he allegedly noticed the grip of a handgun sticking out from under a black bag on the front passenger seat. Grygorcewicz was the only one in the car.

The patrol officer directed Grygorcewicz to place both hands on the steering wheel, and once officer John McCarthy responded as backup, Pack removed a loaded Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun from the vehicle, Kirouac said. He said the driver claimed the gun was taken from someone in Hadley, who is known to police, shortly before Grygorcewicz was pulled over.

Police contacted the gun’s owner and confirmed it belonged to a Hadley resident.

Police arrested Grygorcewicz on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, allegedly committing larceny over $1,200, failure to use care in starting at an intersection, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Kirouac said.

Grygorcewicz was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in Northampton District Court and posted $250 bail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

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