“Police have been investigating Mr. Chase for some months and as a result of this continuing investigation detectives set up surveillance in different known locations where he hangs out and where we’ve received numerous complaints from citizens,” DePaulo said.
Chase is charged with possession of a class B narcotic drug with intent to distribute, distribution of a class B drug, trafficking in drugs over 200 grams, failure to stop for police, and driving to endanger. A police report said his record with the Board of Probation shows he was convicted in 1998 in Boston Federal Court of distribution of cocaine; and that he was convicted in 1995 in Haverhill District Court of distribution of class B and class D drugs, as well as possession of class A and class B drugs with intent to distribute.
Reading from a police report, DePaulo said police arranged for an informant to drive to Central Plaza on Wednesday and meet Chase to buy 20 pills from him. While police Sgt. Dana Burrill hid in the back seat, police said Chase walked up to the vehicle and sold 10 pills to the informant for $60 which police had provided the informant from a narcotics drug fund.
After the sale, Chase returned to his green 1996 Lincoln Town Car, which was parked on Bethany Avenue, and drove off, police said. A chase ensued onto Ginty Boulevard, where Chase drove over the median strip and was driving on the wrong side of the road, police said. The chase continued up Main Street and onto Summer Street, where Chase finally stopped. Detectives Thomas Howell and Sonny Greenwood also took part in the pursuit, according to the police report.
Police searched Chase’s car and seized 119 5 mg Oxycodone pills, according to a police report. Police searched Chase and found $60, 10 Oxycodone pills, his EBT card and a receipt for items he bought with the card.