Rout 422 driver gets prison for il­le­gal gun

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » A for­mer Lower Potts­grove man is headed to state prison after po­lice found a loaded gun in his ve­hi­cle after a chase on Route 422 in Up­per Prov­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Nate Paul Boggs Jr., 31, who once listed an ad­dress in the 2100 block of Buchert Road, was sen­tenced in Montgomery County Court to 28 months to five years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of per­son not to pos­sess a firearm in con­nec­tion with the May 26, 2017, in­ci­dent on east­bound Route 422 be­tween the Col­legeville and Oaks in­ter­changes in Up­per Prov­i­dence.

Judge Steven C. Tol­liver, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, or­dered Boggs, who also listed an ad­dress along Alden Street in Phil­a­del­phia, to re­port to prison on June 22. The judge also or­dered that the .25-cal­iber hand­gun seized from Boggs be for­feited to the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice “for de­struc­tion.”

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 10:40 a.m. when state po­lice at Skip­pack on rou­tine pa­trol on east­bound Route 422 ob­served a Honda Ac­cord, op­er­ated by Boggs, trav­el­ing in the pass­ing lane and fol­low­ing an­other ve­hi­cle too closely.

When the state trooper ac­ti­vated his lights and siren in an at­tempt to make a traf­fic stop near the Route 29 off ramp, Boggs failed to stop and trav­eled at speeds reach­ing 115 mph at a time when there was heavy traf­fic on Route 422, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Boggs, po­lice al­leged, trav­eled onto the right-hand shoul­der of the high­way as he passed mul­ti­ple other ve­hi­cles.

The Honda sedan drove back onto Route 422 east twice and then quickly swerved back onto the shoul­der of the busy high­way. As the trooper ap­proached the Oaks off ramp he ob­served the Honda “spun out” in the grassy me­dian sep­a­rat­ing the on and off ramps for Route 422, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by state po­lice

Trooper Ja­son Hen­ley.

Po­lice ob­served Boggs exit the ve­hi­cle and flee on foot up an em­bank­ment. A short time later, po­lice were dis­patched to the Oaks Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Cres­son Boule­vard, ad­ja­cent to Route 422 east­bound and found Boggs on the third floor of the med­i­cal build­ing where he was taken into cus­tody.

Po­lice sub­se­quently searched Boggs’ ve­hi­cle and found mul­ti­ple ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing in the cabin and trunk ar­eas of the sedan. At that time, Boggs told troop­ers he was home­less.

Dur­ing the search, po­lice found a loaded .25-cal­iber stain­less steel hand­gun with a round in the cham­ber in­side a blue coat pocket, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Po­lice also found a jar that con­tained a clear bag of sus­pected mar­i­juana.

In court pa­pers, po­lice and prosecutors al­leged Boggs did not pos­sess a valid con­cealed carry per­mit and also had a pre­vi­ous felony drug con­vic­tion and there­fore was pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing a firearm.

Other charges of flee­ing and elud­ing po­lice, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing other per­sons, pos­sess­ing a small amount of mar­i­juana and nu­mer­ous sum­mary traf­fic vi­o­la­tions were dis­missed against Boggs as part of the plea agree­ment.

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