Man with lengthy record faces new gun charges after Devon Street car crash

A Dorchester man was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail on several gun charges following a crash Sunday night in which the car he was a passenger hit three parked cars, according to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The DA's office reports it is still investigating whether Derrick Wood, 32, and the car's driver - who managed to escape police - had something to do with a murder not long before the crash on Harold Street in Roxbury. A car with a description similar to that of the one Wood was in was seen leaving the murder scene around 11:30 p.m.

According to police and prosecutors, after the crash outside 78 Devon St., both Wood and the driver started running away from the car. Police say that in addition to capturing Wood, they found "a Ruger .22 caliber long automatic rifle."

Wood was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm and trespassing. All carry potentially longer penalties than normal, because he was also charged as being a Leverl III armed career criminal, due to three prior convictions for distribution of cocaine and multiple assault convictions, the DA's office reports.

In 2009, Wood, in Brockton Superior Court to answer a probation violation, allegedly punched one Boston cop in the head and kicked another. They were there to testify against him.


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