Boston Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man on a variety of drug, gun and driving charges in Moakley Park in South Boston last night.
Police report officers on routine patrol on Preble Street stopped a car near Mohawk Street shortly before 11:15 p.m. when the driver sped off toward Old Colony Avenue.
The suspect vehicle then entered the parking lot of Moakley Park and came to an abrupt stop at which time the operator quickly exited the vehicle and took of running. Responding officers quickly arrived on scene and chased the suspect on foot across a baseball field, eventually placing him in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then recovered a loaded .380 caliber Glock 42 handgun which the suspect had discarded as he fled. Officers were also able to recover 32 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale from the suspect along with additional contraband from inside the recovered motor vehicle.
Robert Santos, 24, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, trafficking Class B drugs, possession of Class B and C drugs with intent to distribute, failure to stop for a police officer, negligent operation and unlicensed operation.