A Jamaica Plain man allegedly found packing a loaded gun during a traffic stop last night was on probation following his October release from federal prison for illegal possession of a loaded gun in 2008 - when he was just 19 and already an official career criminal.
Boston Police report arresting Dominique Hines, 24, after the driver of the car he was in was pulled over for allegedly driving like a moron.
Police say officers on a gang investigation paused what they were doing around 9:25 p.m. yesterday when they noticed a car speeding down Lamartine Street and started to follow it:
As the vehicle traveled on Williams Street towards Washington Street, officers observed the vehicle fail to yield to pedestrians crossing on Williams Street by honking the horn and swerving to go around the pedestrians. Officers activated their emergency lights and siren in an effort to execute a motor vehicle stop. The suspect vehicle did not immediately pull to the right hand side of the road but continued toward the next intersection. Based on the nature of the investigation into gang and firearm related activity, officers feared the vehicle was refusing to stop and would attempt to evade officers. Officers with lights and sirens still activated, quickly pulled around the suspect vehicle and stopped their unmarked Boston Police Cruiser just ahead of the suspect vehicle. Officers approached the motor vehicle with their badges clearly displayed, as well as clearly marked Boston Police jackets and vests. At which point, officers observed the handle of a firearm protruding from the waist of the male passenger. After a brief struggle with the male suspect, a Star 9mm semi-automatic firearm with ammunition was recovered.
Hines, 24, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. The driver got a ticket for failure to slow or stop for a pedestrian and speeding.
In 2008, Hines, identified by police as an associate of the Heath Street gang, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a .22-caliber gun and nine rounds of ammunition. He was sentenced to six years in federal prison, followed by three years of "supervised release." Federal prison records show he was released on Oct. 1 of last year.
The "felon" part of the sentence stems from charges in 2007 - when he was 17 - for selling crack at Bromley-Heath, the first time to an informant working on an FBI investigation into drug selling at the housing project, the second time only three months after admitting he'd been selling crack the first time.
In early 2008, only six weeks after his release on the drug charges, he was arrested again, this time for possession of both crack and a loaded gun.
In a plea deal in federal court, Hines admitted to the weapons charges.
In a sentencing memorandum, federal prosecutors asked Judge Mark Wolf to order Hines to stay out of the entire city of Boston during his three years of supervised release, but Wolf narrowed that to an order to stay out of the area immediately surrounding Bromley-Heath - including the Jackson Square and Roxbury Crossing T stops.