BOSTON, June 25, 2013 — An alleged career criminal who crashed his car after leading police on a chase was arraigned last week on firearm and other charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JASON COBB (D.O.B. 9/14/86) of Boston was arraigned Friday in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, carrying a loaded firearm, operating with a suspended license, and failure to stop for police. He was also charged as a Level 3 Armed Career Criminal based on a 2008 conviction for assault and battery on a police officer and two separate convictions in 2011 for distribution of a Class B substance and possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance.
In addition, Cobb was cited for possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, speeding, failure to signal, and failure to yield.
Assistant District Attorney Darcy Kofol recommended that Cobb be held on $250,000 bail with the conditions he wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, remain under house arrest, and refrain from driving if he posts that amount. Judge Kenneth Fiandaca set bail at $50,000 and required Cobb to submit to GPS monitoring and abide by a curfew.
According to prosecutors, Cobb caught the attention of Boston Police officers as he drove a white Honda Accord in the area of Cookson Terrace and Babson Street at approximately 2:00 on Friday morning. Cobb allegedly failed to signal as he made a turn onto Cookson Terrace, then failed to stop at a stop sign as he turned onto Merola Park. When officers attempted to pull his vehicle over, Cobb accelerated, prosecutors said.
During the brief chase, Cobb ran another stop sign before crashing into a tree at the intersection of Gladside Avenue and Linvale Terrace, prosecutors said.
Outside the vehicle, officers discovered a Smith and Wesson 9mm with fresh scratches consistent with having struck the ground, prosecutors said. There was also fresh grass and dirt on the firearm. Closer examination revealed that it had an obliterated serial number and was loaded with two rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, prosecutors said.
After police read Cobb his Miranda rights, he allegedly said, “I don’t know anything about the gun in the yard” – even though they had not told Cobb where they had located the firearm.
Inside the vehicle, police found a bag containing less than an ounce of what was believed to be marijuana, prosecutors said.
Cobb was represented by Michael Sullivan. He will return to court on July 23.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.