Man charged with carrying a machete following Westborough traffic stop


Man charged with carrying a machete following Westborough traffic stop
The Westborough Police Department is located in the Forbes Building. Nam Nguyen, 49, faces charges, including felony carrying of a dangerous weapon after a machete was allegedly found in his possession. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – After being arrested in a suspected OUI, Westborough police allegedly found a machete and 15 rounds of ammunition in the suspect’s possession.

Westborough police were dispatched to Turnpike Road on Aug. 13 at 9:11 p.m. for the report of an erratic moped. According to the statement of facts filed in Westborough District Court, police located the moped and driver – Nam Nguyen, 49 – in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn Hotel. 

While he talked with police, officers wrote that they smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from him and he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Police said they conducted a standardized field sobriety test and believed he was operating under the influence of alcohol. 

As they searched Nguyen, he told police that he had a weapon on his person. Police said he had a belt with a machete around his waist. 

Officers also searched his belongings and reportedly found a white bag that was wrapped and taped containing 15 rounds of ammunition. Nguyen told police he found bullets on the road.

Police wrote that Nguyen does not have a license to carry or firearms identification card (FID).

Nguyen was charged with felony OUI – third offense, felony carrying of a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a FID card, a moped violation and unregistered motor vehicle. 

Nguyen was arraigned in Westborough District Court on Aug. 14. His bail was set at $500. 

He will return to court on Oct. 20.

His attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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