An East Providence man is facing two charges after he allegedly tried to video-record a Barrington police officer during a traffic stop last week.
At about 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, a Barrington patrolman ordered Justin Machado, 21, of East Providence, to pull his vehicle over to the side of Route 114 near the Osamequin Bird Sanctuary.
Mr. Machado obliged and reportedly reached for something in the center console of his vehicle as the officer approached the driver side window.
According to the report, the officer, not knowing what Mr. Machado had grabbed, slapped the object — it was a cell phone — out of his hand.
Mr. Machado reportedly picked up the phone again and told the officer he was going to videotape the encounter.
The officer ordered Mr. Machado out of the vehicle, but the East Providence man allegedly refused. A few moments later, Barrington police arrested Mr. Machado and charged him with obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and one count of disorderly conduct.
According to the police report, three Barrington police officers responded to the incident.