Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man with a lengthy gun record on new gun charges last night after officers spotted him speeding and driving like a fool on Franklin Hill Avenue in Mattapan.
Christopher Fauntleroy, 23,, who has spent more than 2 1/2 years in jail on gun charges since 2008, had bail set at $10,000 at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court today and will be required him to wear a GPS monitor should he make that, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which adds prosecutors had asked for $30,000.
According to the DA's office, Fauntleroy served 18 months for a 2008 conviction, a year for a 2010 assault conviction and an extra 60 days in 2011 when he was recaptured after escaping jail.
Police say officers pulled Fauntleroy over on Morton Street near American Legion Highway because he was "speeding and driving erratically." And at least one of his rear brake lights was out, which they noticed when he did stop for a red light:
As the vehicle pulled to the side of the road, officers observed the operator reach to the passengerâ€™s side of the vehicle where the glove compartment is located and then return to an upright position. Upon determining the identity of the operator, who was known to officers as having multiple firearm arrests, the operator was asked to exit the vehicle. An inventory search of the motor vehicle revealed a loaded Taurus .45 caliber firearm with a large capacity magazine as well as ammunition located in the glove compartment.
Fauntleroy was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers. He was also charged as an armed career criminal, which means potentially more severe sentences for the other charges if he's convicted.
In 2008, when just a lad of 17, Fauntleroy was arrested in Dorchester after he allegedly began firing a gun in anger over being denied entrance to a party.