Friday November 23, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- An 18-year-old Lanesborough driver is being held on $5,000 bail after an alleged high-speed chase from police through several towns in Central Berkshire County on Thanksgiving Day that ended in a crash.

Chad Foley, 18, of Irwin Street, pleaded not guilty on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court to 11 charges brought by the Lanesborough Police. Authorities said Foley will likely be facing more charges filed by the Dalton Police Department on Monday.

According to a police report, the chase began on Thursday at about 10 p.m. after a Lanesborough police officer saw a 1999 white Dodge Durango SUV driven by Chad Foley speeding through the parking lot of the Berkshire Mall and coming close to a group of Black Friday shoppers waiting outside of the Sears store.

Lanesborough Police pursued the vehicle into Pittsfield to the Dalton town line where Massachusetts State Police and Dalton Police gave chase. Foley ended up crashing the SUV into a residential water well at 1610 Route 9 in Windsor.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Dalton Auto Body.

Windsor Police Officer Kip Bouymaster initially responded to the scene and kept watch over the vehicle until Dalton police officers Chris Furlong and John Marley apprehended Foley and transported him to the Dalton Police Station.

"[Foley's] been told at minimum there will be motor vehicle charges for reckless driving behavior," said Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe early Friday afternoon.

Coe said that his officers are still interviewing witnesses, including passengers who were in Foley's vehicle at the time. Police may develop additional charges as a result.

After being questioned in Dalton, Foley was transferred to the Lanesborough Police Department for booking.

According to the report, Foley only has a learner's permit and took the Durango, which belongs to his father, without permission.

Foley was arraigned on Friday on 11 charges, including reckless driving, unlicensed operation, speeding and other driving offenses.

His attorney, David Pixley, argued that his client should be released from custody since he has no criminal record.

Foley was held on $5,000 bail by Clerk Magistrate Christopher Speranzo at the request of Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Zlatnik. Foley, who is being held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction, is due back in court on Monday.