A 70-year-old man from Maine was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly trying to flee from police after driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic in Dorchester and stashing three firearms in his car, police said.
Officers saw the man slowly traveling down Columbia Road toward Blue Hill Avenue at 1:45 a.m., before crossing over the center line and driving onto the wrong side of the road, Boston police said in a statement. The officers activated their lights and siren in an attempt to stop the car, prompting the man to drive over — and get stuck on — the median in the road, police said.
Police asked the driver to turn off the vehicle, but the man continued to try to drive away, revving his engine and causing the back tires to spin. Officers finally opened the driver’s door to turn the vehicle off. They later found three firearms in a bag inside the car, an expired Maine driver’s license, and a revoked Massachusetts license, police said.
After speaking with the driver, officials evaluated him and transported him to an area hospital.
The man will appear at the Roxbury division of the Boston Municipal Court at a later date.