Massachusetts State Police said the motorcyclist hit speeds of 70 miles per hour on West Chestnut Street in Brockton.
BROCKTON – A 58-year-old Whitman man who belongs to the Outlaw motorcycle gang was arrested by state troopers for carrying an illegal gun after a high-speed chase through Brockton, according to police.
Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Troop D Community Action Team saw two motorcycles “traveling much faster than the posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour” on West Chestnut Street in the city of Brockton on Friday around 6:15 p.m.
“Their estimated speed was near 70 miles per hour,” said Massachusetts State Police, in a statement about the arrest that was released on Sunday morning. “As troopers activated their emergency lights in an attempt to stop the motorcycles one of them fled at a high rate of speed toward West Bridgewater.”
State police said they caught up with the motorcyclist, identified as Kenneth McDonald, 58, of Whitman, on Manley Street in West Bridgewater. State police said he is a “suspected member of the Outlaw motorcycle club,” which has been previously designated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation as an outlaw motorcycle gang.
McDonald was armed with an unlicensed handgun, state police said. Troopers seized his BERSA SA .45 firearm, which was “fully loaded” with seven rounds, including one in the chamber, state police said.
“McDonald does not legally possess a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts,” state police said.
At that point, McDonald was placed under arrest and transported to the state police barracks in Middleboro. McDonald was charged with carrying or possessing a firearm without a license and carrying a loaded firearm or commiting a firearm violation for a second offense, state police said. McDonald was also given a “citation warning” for speeding, police said.
McDonald was released over the weekend on $500 bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Brockton District Court.