David Clark, Deputy Chief
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867
For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Reading Police Arrest Teen on Firearm and Stolen Vehicle Charges Following Hit and Run
READING — Deputy Chief David Clark reports that the Reading Police Department arrested a teenager this evening on several charges following a hit and run crash and pursuit earlier this evening.
A JUVENILE MALE, AGE 16, OF CHARLESTOWN, was arrested and charged with:
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License
- Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
- Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card
- Receiving Stolen Property (Motor Vehicle)
- Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
- Operating Without a License
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident With Property Damage
- Operating to Endanger
- Marked Lanes Violation
- Failure to Stop
- Violation of the Marijuana Bylaw (Less than One Ounce)
At 6:45 p.m., Reading Police were dispatched to a report of a hit and run crash at the intersection of Haverhill and Franklin Streets. Upon arrival, officers initiated an investigation after being provided with the registration number of the vehicle that left the scene. Police later learned that the vehicle was reported stolen last night.
A short time later, the vehicle — driven by the JUVENILE — passed near the scene of the crash and fled when officers subsequently pursued the vehicle. The JUVENILE fled into North Reading, eventually turning onto a dead end street — Liberty Lane — where he was taken into custody without further incident.
During a search of the vehicle following his arrest, officers located a backpack inside the car bearing the JUVENILE’S name. A black handgun and a large capacity feeding device were among the backpack’s contents.
“This was a potentially dangerous situation, and our officers did a tremendous job by preventing it from escalating further and taking a firearm off of our streets,” Deputy Chief Clark said.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
The JUVENILE is being held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment in Woburn District Court.