An 18-year-old Brockton man was arrested on firearm and drug trafficking charges in Bourne on Monday, October 21 following a police chase that started in Wareham.
Antonio D. Fernandes was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Tuesday on charges of trafficking in greater than 18 grams, less than 36 grams of fentanyl, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm during a felony, carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during a felony. He returns to court on November 13 for a pretrial hearing. His bail was set at $100,000.
Mr. Fernandes was arrested on Monday following a chase though Wareham, Plymouth and Bourne. At 7:48 PM, Mattapoisett Police Trooper Kyle A. Pavao was traveling west on Cranberry Highway near Glen Charlie Road in Wareham when he observed a grey sedan missing its rear bumper and an “excessive window tint.” After observing the car erratically pass other vehicles, Trooper Pavao activated his emergency lights.
“After seeing my lights, the vehicle sped up and refused to stop, reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH,” Trooper Pavao wrote in his report.
The report indicates the chase continued onto Route 25 eastbound, crossing into Plymouth and Bourne, through the Bourne South rotary onto the Scenic Highway. The Bourne Police Department took over the pursuit on the Scenic Highway.
The chase culminated with a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Herring Pond Road and Bournedale Road, Trooper Pavao wrote. Three men were observed running from the scene of the crash. A State Police K-9 Unit was requested. Witnesses in the area provided a description of the three men, and a Herring Pond Road resident provided surveillance footage of the suspects.
Trooper Pavao examined the crashed car.
“In plain view, I located a large plastic bag, with numerous smaller corner baggies of a brown powdery substance, which is consistent with narcotics, in the drivers door handle, which was visible from outside the passenger’s door,” he wrote.
The narcotics were removed from the vehicle and secured in Trooper Pavao’s cruiser. Police would later identify the substance as 21.36 grams of fentanyl.
The report states he also checked the immediate area around the vehicle. He located a brown Springfield XD .45 caliber handgun on the ground.
“I observed that the firearm had a magazine in the chamber and the serial numbers were filed off,” Trooper Pavao wrote, noting it was a six-round magazine with five rounds of ammunition and one round in the chamber.
At 9:40 PM, police responded to a Herring Pond Road residence after the homeowner reported hearing people moving around in their back year. Upon arrival, police arrested Mr. Fernandes.
“I observed Fernandes was the same party observed on the surveillance photo and also matched the description provided by the original calling party of the crash,” Trooper Pavao wrote.
Trooper Pavao quested Mr. Fernandes about the crash. According to his report, Mr. Fernandes could not tell police how he ended up in the woods, how he got from Brockton to Bourne or who the other occupants in the vehicle were. After questioning, he was booked.
During the booking process, Trooper Pavao wrote that Mr. Fernandes complained of pain from scratches he received in the woods. Bourne Fire/Rescue & Emergency Services responded, treated Mr. Fernandes at the State Police barracks in Bourne.