Guy who can't seem to hide a gun from police apparently can't drive very well, either

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 passenger’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.

Innocent, etc.

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Nice work judges!

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So in the span of six years he managed to commit enough of a crime spree to earn "career" status and yet is still walking around?

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Hey at least

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He's a hard worker. Work ethic in his generation is hard to find.

23 years old + lengthy gun

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23 years old + lengthy gun record = very little time served for gun charges and free to reoffend repeatedly. Sad

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Very little time??

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You go and do 2.5 years in the can and then come crying about how its "very little time"

Gun charges

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Are nice, but how many times was he actually convicted? I'm guessing none - "your honor, how did the cop know my client was reaching for a gun? he was simply scratching his balls - illegal search!!! waaaaah!!!" This wouldn't be the case if we didn't have all those idiotic evidence suppression laws. You won't find those anywhere else in the world - get caught with an illegal gun and you're going to jail, no one's going to cry about a cop not having a folder full of warrants while he searched you. That's why gun control works elsewhere unlike in the US, where gun laws are like a whale shark - giant, scary, menacing but with no teeth.

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Convicted and...

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Served a few months, made some new connections in jail, and got himself a shiny new gun the day he got out? I might be wrong here, but I'm guessing that was the case here - one or two convictions with barely any time served, and a whole lot of charges dismissed.

I don't get it - why is the bleeding heart crowd so pro evidence suppression even though they have nothing to hide, and some actually live in neighborhoods where armed thugs are a huge problem?

That guy isn't "conservative"

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That guy isn't "conservative". I guarantee you he is a Wilsonian 'progressive' Fascist.

You've got this all backwards

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You've got this all backwards, Adam--for the Tea Party crowd, this isn't just a hobby, it's a tribal designation bordering on a religion. And these guys quote the Constitution the same way the fundamentalist crowd quotes scripture: incessantly, but only the parts they like.

Really?

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What makes you think I'm conservative or teabagger? Quite the contrary - I'm quite liberal on pretty much everything but crime and my tax dollars being handed out to young able-bodied individuals. As for constitution, both second (the darling of righties) and fourth (the darling of lefties) in their current form have outlived their purpose a long time ago. There big bad government isn't interested in you, there's no need for a private arsenal or a get out of jail free card.

PS: I wouldn't be surprised if Hernandez walks because cops forgot to wave their folder full of warrants at the camera when they entered his house. Gotta love the fourth, right?

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Cranky conservative crowd against bad judges, not rights.

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The best cops will tell you that they have no problem with evidence suppression laws. It's not exactly difficult to do the job right. The problem is that too many of these criminals, upon conviction, are allowed to walk with intermediate sanctions (probation, community service etc.) with no threat of real punishment. The other post today about the "pack attack" at the Dorchester bus stop is a potentially good example. Is there any doubt that at least some of the young juveniles involved are already in the court system? Still, no fear of assaulting and robbing a commuter and then spitting in an officer's face.

Victims like Amy Lord, whose alleged killer had a very long criminal record, make the headlines for a while and then we forget. Granted, BPD fumbled an earlier case but he should have already been in prison then. Still waiting for some meaningful Boston reporting from Tennessee on the background of Colleen Ritzer's killer. Are we to believe he just became violent here? Wait until these hundreds of thousands of Central Americans settle in. US authorities have no way of learning their criminal history. Russian Guatemalan Roulette.

Yeah it is so much better

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Yeah it is so much better when cops can plant evidence on people without being challenged and aren't required to follow due process.

"This wouldn't be the case if

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"This wouldn't be the case if we didn't have all those idiotic evidence suppression laws. You won't find those anywhere else in the world"

cause of freedom and shit...'murica fuck yea!

My favorite Dirty Harry film is Magnum Force

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Which one is yours?

We are a country of laws. If anyone, including law enforcement, decides that they are above the law, and if that is allowed, we are in trouble. Part of the law is unreasonable search and seizure. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

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