Roland Reese was hit with numerous charges after allegedly taking his three terrified kids on a high speed, latenight gun battle in an SUV loaded with a weapon and an open 12-pack of beer, police said.
A 37-year-old Quincy dad won't be winning any father-of-the-year awards after he allegedly took his three terrified kids on a high-speed late-night gun battle in an SUV reeking of pot and loaded with a high-powered weapon and an open 12-pack of beer, police said.
Roland Reese, an asbestos removal worker, pleaded not guilty yesterday to three counts of child neglect, unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm and failing to stop for police - as his 13-year-old son, a developmentally disabled boy with an amputated right leg, wept openly in Dorchester District Court.
"If not for the officers' rapid response, these children could have been seriously injured or much worse," said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
"This defendant's cavalier concern for his children's safety should shock the conscience of every parent," the outraged D.A. added.
Cops found the teen, his 3-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister "crying, shaking, screaming and trembling" in their father's silver Ford Expedition Saturday at about 9:30 p.m. in Dorchester, according to a police report. The vehicle, whose back window had been shot out, contained a loaded large-capacity firearm, 31 rounds and an open half-case of Heineken, cops said.
Police said they smelled "the pungent odor of unburnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle," but found no drugs.
Reese claimed he was shot at while driving from a 10-year-old's birthday party on Maxwell Street. Cops were alerted to the blasts on Capen Street by the Hub's electronic shot-spotter.
Witnesses told cops they saw a man jump into a silver SUV and take off. Cops quickly located Reese's vehicle but say he refused to stop, leading them on a wild chase down Selden Street that ended on Maxwell Street.
Suffolk County prosecutor Rilwan Adeduntan argued that "there's reason to believe shots were emanating from (Reese's) vehicle," based on the testing that revealed the gun was still hot, Reese's shot-out back window and bullet holes in two nearby vehicles. The drivers of the cars have not been charged.
Reese's lawyer, Shannon McAuliffe, said her client was unlawfully searched, adding: "He was scared, he was confused - he thought his kids were in danger."
Reese was held on $35,000 bail.
Alison Goodwin, spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families, said the state has no prior history with the family and is investigating the incident.
In court, the mother of the three children, who refused to give her name, said she are Reese are married and cried as she maintained his innocence.
"He was shot at," she told the Herald. "He's a victim. It's just because he's a big black man."
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