Three Ohio residents arrested on gun charges at Mass. Pike rest area

Three residents of Ohio were arrested on gun charges Friday afternoon at the Charlton rest stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to the State Police.

Michael Morale, 36, and Ashlie Brinson, 26, both of Canton, and Robert Hoard, 27, of Akron were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and improper storage of a firearm, State Police said in a statement.

Morale and Hoard were charged with being felons in possession of a firearm. Morale was also charged with driving without a license and for traffic violations.

They were arrested after a state trooper on patrol in Sturbridge saw a 2017 Hyundai Accent traveling eastbound in the left lane of Interstate 90 — which is also the Mass. Pike — without passing.

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The vehicle then abruptly moved to the middle lane, narrowly avoiding a collision with another vehicle, according to the statement.

The trooper pulled the vehicle over at the Charlton rest area. A .38-caliber handgun and five rounds of ammunition were discovered in the car, State Police said.

Morale, the driver, was found not to have a license. Also, no one in the car could produce a rental contract, the statement said.

Morale, Hoard, and Brinson were held on $5,000, $2,000, and $250 bail, respectively.

They are scheduled to be arraigned in Dudley District Court on Monday.

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