SHEFFIELD >> The first time the motorist told police that he had no inspection sticker because he had just purchased the vehicle, the officer let him off with a warning.
Two weeks later, he gave the same excuse after being pulled over for the same reason — by the same Sheffield Police officer: Brennan Polidoro.
This time, he was arrested after a police search of the vehicle yielded marijuana and evidence of drug dealing.
Steven Plankey Jr., 22, of Shawmut Street in Springfield, was pulled over about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street by Polidoro, in part because he did not have a valid inspection sticker, according to Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson III.
Plankey told Polidoro that the car was newly purchased, and just like last time, he produced a bill or sale for the vehicle.
"[Plankey] produced a new bill of sale for this stop," Munson said. "I guess it wasn't very smart."
Polidoro ran the information and discovered the vehicle was unregistered, uninsured, and had invalid plates, which gave him probable cause to search the vehicle, Munson said.
In addition to several bags of marijuana, the officer found several cellphones, a scale and other drug paraphernalia.
Plankey was charged with one count each of possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute, possession of more than one ounce of a class D substance; attaching improper plates to a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and driving without an inspection sticker.
He was booked on Tuesday in Sheffield pending arraignment.