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Driver Charged In Rush Hour Police Chase Was Wanted For Illegal Gun Sale

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Leroy Martin was arraigned in Chelsea District Court Thursday.

Leroy Martin was arraigned in Chelsea District Court Thursday.

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CHELSEA (CBS) – The man accused of leading police on a chase through Boston and Cambridge during rush hour Wednesday evening is now being held on $100,000 bail.

Thirty-four-year-old Leroy Martin was arraigned in Chelsea District Court Thursday on several charges.

Prosecutors said Martin was already facing an assault charge before Wednesday’s incident, in which a state trooper tried to stop him as part of a weapons investigation.

Martin allegedly sold an unregistered, loaded .357 caliber revolver for $750 in Revere.

Instead of pulling over for police, he led them on a chase from the Tobin Bridge, into Cambridge and then Boston, where he crashed his car.

A trooper fired at Martin at one point during the pursuit in self-defense.

Police arrested him at the Kendall Square station as he tried to get on the T.

If he posts bail, Martin must wear a GPS monitoring device.

He’s due back in court July 9.

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