A West Roxbury man pleaded guilty to a variety of gun charges yesterday for an incident that started while police were investigating reckless ATV and dirt-bike riders on Ridgewood Street in Dorchester, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, police officers, already alerted to resident complaints about reckless dirt bikers on May 28, 2013, spotted an ATV take a right off Draper onto Ridgewood and followed it.
On Ridgewood, the officers observed a group of men clustered around the ATV and two dirt bikes. The ATV and one dirt bike sped off. The operator of the second dirt bike - later identified as Alexander Harris - couldn't kick start his engine, however, and the officers pulled their cruiser in front of it.
Prosecutors would have shown that Harris dropped the bike and started running while clutching his waistband with his right hand, a characteristic they recognized from their training on armed gunmen. Harris jumped a fence into and through a nearby back yard, then led officers on a foot chase that ended with his apprehension on Longfellow Street.
Additional officers retraced the path of Harris' flight and found two white socks and a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Special loaded with five rounds of ammunition. The resident of the property where these items were found disavowed ownership of the gun or the socks.
Because the dirt bike Harris couldn't start did not have a license plate or registration sticker, the officers towed it from the scene and cited him for operating an unregistered vehicle.
Harris, 31, pleaded guilty to indictments charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and being a Level I armed career criminal because of prior convictions for drug distribution and firearm possession, the DA's office says.