One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Making OUI Arrest Following Crash in Roxbury

At about 2:18 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for an unconscious person inside a motor vehicle in the area of 543 Dudley Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers observed a gray pickup truck stopped in a travel lane with the engine running.  Officers approached the vehicle and observed an unresponsive male, later identified as Abdul-Karim Muwakkil, 35, of Dorchester, seated in the driver’s seat, slumping over the steering wheel with the doors locked and the windows up. After numerous attempts to wake the driver, he finally regained consciousness but refused their verbal commands to shut off the engine and exit the vehicle. As the officers continued to talk to the operator, he suddenly put the truck in gear and drove away in a reckless manner, causing the officers who were close to the vehicle to jump out of the way. The suspect vehicle traveled a short distance before crashing into a traffic light pole and then into the side of a building in the area of 555 Dudley Street. Officers quickly blocked the pickup truck from behind with their cruiser to prevent the suspect from fleeing a second time. As the officers approached the vehicle, the suspect continued to depress the accelerator, causing the rear tires to spin and produce smoke. At this time, one of the officers deployed his baton and shattered the passenger side window, allowing him to reach through to put the vehicle in park and shut it off.  The suspect was then removed from the vehicle after a brief struggle at which time the officers smelled a heavy scent of alcohol and observed that the suspect appeared to be heavily intoxicated. After being unable to follow instructions in order to perform a field sobriety test, the suspect was placed in custody without further incident. The officers then performed a standard motor vehicle search prior to towing the truck which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson MP9 handgun which the suspect was not licensed to carry. It was later determined that the gun had previously been reported stolen.

The suspect has been arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Operating After Revocation or Suspension, Failure to Stop for Police, Resisting Arrest, and Receiving Stolen Property.