Friday October 5, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A man was arrested for allegedly possessing heroin after he failed to yield to a police car that was on its way to an accident Thursday evening.

It happened around 5:21 p.m., when an officer was responding to a wreck on Route 23 near Green River, according to Officer Jonathan Finnerty. While leaving the police station, a car was stopped not yielding to an emergency vehicle, nearly hitting the officer’s car, Finnerty said.

While booking the driver, 25-year-old Brian Baras, for allegedly operating a vehicle after suspension and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, seven bags of heroin were found on him, police said. He was further charged with possession of heroin and then for obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to hide heroin in his mouth, Finnerty said.

A call from a Great Barrington CVS had come in around that time that Baras caused a disturbance for being denied hypodermic needles.

The passenger in the vehicle, 31-year-old Joshua Nazor, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

When an officer arrived on the scene of the wreck from the first call, 46-year-old Philip Duguay tried to flee the scene. He was arrested for his second offense of operating under the influence of the liquor, possession of an open container, and a marked lane offense.