A Massachusetts man is facing a number of charges after police say he struck a Boston police cruiser in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, tried to flee, then was caught with a loaded firearm and drugs in his vehicle.
Adrian Ferguson, 29, of Dorchester, is expected to face charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and trafficking class B drugs.
Police said officers had been conducting a drug investigation in the area of Salisbury Park just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when they approached a stopped vehicle which had backed into a parking area.
As officers approached the driver to speak to him, the driver, later identified as Ferguson, suddenly accelerated toward them, striking one of the officers as he attempted to get out of the way. The impact caused the rear passenger window on Ferguson's side of the vehicle to shatter.
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Police said the officer was not seriously hurt and immediately began chasing Ferguson, who fled the scene.
Authorities said Ferguson then struck another cruiser on Park Street that was trying to block his potential path. Police said Ferguson then got out of the vehicle while it was still running and began fleeing with a firearm in his right hand.
Officers were eventually able to arrest him in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Lincoln Street.
Police said a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun with a laser sight that Ferguson discarded during the foot chase was also recovered nearby.
During a search of his vehicle, police found a small plastic bag and two large plastic bags of cocaine in the front passenger seat.
Ferguson was expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. It's unclear if he has an attorney.