NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — A police chase in New Bedford led to the arrest of a man on weapons and drunk driving charges.

On Saturday, May 18, police were called to Morna Lounge on Acushnet Avenue in response to a male who had threatened security staff with a firearm.

Upon arrival, the suspect fled in his vehicle, leading officers on a pursuit before stopping on Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth. Police said that during the pursuit, the suspect was driving "erratically" and blew out one of his tires.

WFHN-FM/FUN 107 logo
Get our free mobile app

The driver, identified as Gerald Ambrose, 20, was taken into custody. Police found him to be intoxicated, and it was later determined that he was operating with a .14 blood/ alcohol level.

Police said that during a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a 9mm handgun loaded with an extended magazine on the driver's side floor, and that they also found an AR-15 rifle with three high-capacity magazines inside the trunk.

Ambrose was charged with a variety of offenses, including assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, OUI liquor, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of high-capacity feeding devices, and possession of a firearm with serial numbers defaced, among other charges.

According to police, an additional shotgun and rifle were retrieved that were reported to be at a girlfriend's house in Dartmouth.

The SouthCoast's Most Exciting Police Chases

Here's a list of some of the wildest police pursuits around the SouthCoast in recent memory.

Gallery Credit: Kate Robinson

Crime Rate Statistics in SouthCoast Towns

Here are the crime rate statistics for SouthCoast communities, utilizing data from 2022, the most recent year available. Annual data is from the Massachusetts Crime Statistics. The number of crimes is a data collection of total arrests, DUI/OUI charges, violent crimes, and hate crimes. The clearance rate is the number of charged crimes divided by the total number of crimes recorded. We listed the SouthCoast towns alphabetically.

Gallery Credit: Ariel Dorsey

More From WFHN-FM/FUN 107