A Dorchester man was arraigned today on gun, drug, and aggravated assault and battery charges after he allegedly fought with police early this morning and tried to grab an officer’s weapon during his arrest.
Calvin Horne, 26, had his bail revoked on a previous drug case pending in Boston Municipal Court. Dorchester District Court Judge Franco Gobourne also set bail at $70,000 cash for the most recent case. He slated a probable cause hearing for Oct. 5.
“My concern is that this man is someone who has been just released from state prison and has hit the gound running with criminal activity,” Gobourne said.
Horne also allegedly had a gun and more than two dozen bags of suspected crack cocaine on him when police arrested him near Colonial Avenue and Millet Street in Dorchester, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
The officer involved in the altercation with Horne was familiar with the defendant from a previous incident years ago, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the case who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The officer pulled over the vehicle Horne was driving for a routine traffic violation, the official said.
The officer chatted with Horne, but when the officer indicated that he would have to check the license plate of the vehicle against a computer database, Horne became aggressive and started fighting, the official said.
The fight, which also involved another officer, continued for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and helped to subdue Horne.
Prosecutors said Horne pulled the officer’s ear during the fight, ripping it and damaging his eardrum.
Several items of Horne’s clothing, as well as the cocaine that Horne allegedly carried in small bags, were strewn on the street during the scuffle, the law enforcement official said.
Horne has a lengthy criminal record — spanning six pages — that includes numerous firearm and drug offenses, some of which resulted in prison time.
In 2009, he was sentenced to serve three to four years in prison for illegal possession of firearms and possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance, according to court records. He was also convicted of assault and battery on a police officer in 2008, receiving a two-year sentence.
Horne has been convicted of distribution of a Class B substance in Norfolk County and served time for that offense as well, records show.