DA: Hit-and-run driver crashed into house

July 18, 2014
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PARKSIDE—A police chase following a Dorchester hit-and-run incident on July 10 ended with the suspect crashing into a Jamaica Plain house, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Manuel Afonseca, 32, was being held on $10,000 bail on various charges, including two hit-and-run counts.

The incident began around 8 p.m. when witnesses in Dorchester saw a car hit a scooter driven by a 15-year-old boy. The car driver fled, leaving the boy injured. He was transported to a hospital with injuries described by the DA’s Office as not life-threatening.

Boston Police officers spotted a vehicle matching the description on Blue Hill Avenue, where the driver allegedly was speeding and weaving in and out of the lanes. The driver fled and lost the officers, but was spotted again allegedly driving the wrong way on Seaver Street and into Jamaica Plain, where it crashed into the building on Glenside Avenue. The suspect, identified as Afonseca, then allegedly fled the scene on foot until police officers caught up with him.

According to the DA’s Office, Afonseca has a long rap sheet, having served a total of more than seven-and-a-half years behind bars for convictions on drug distribution, unlawful firearm possession, breaking and entering, reckless driving and driving without a license.