PITTSFIELD -- An ex-con is being held without bail on 10 charges -- and three warrants -- after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through Pittsfield on Friday that ended behind Taconic High School. Police say the 29-year-old struck an officer with his vehicle and had cocaine on him at the time of his arrest.
According to the Pittsfield Police, Eyzaiya D. Moody of Stratford Avenue in Pittsfield was pursued by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force at about 1:45 p.m. Friday after he was spotted leaving a residence that was under surveillance and was known to be wanted on three warrants for failing to show up to court for various pending cases.
After police initiated a traffic stop, Moody allegedly stopped the Ford Explorer he was driving at the intersection of Pecks Road, Valentine Road and Highland Avenue, but when police approached, Moody threw the vehicle into reverse, then shot forward over a curb and into a home’s front yard. During this time a Massachusetts state trooper was struck twice by the SUV, but did not require medical attention, said police.
According to police, the chase continued into the parking lot of Taconic High School and into the rear of the property where Moody attempted to drive onto an unpaved path and got his vehicle stuck. After a brief foot chase Moody was taken into custody.
The arrest took place while Taconic High School was still in session, but only about 20 minutes before classes were to be let out.
Police said that when Moody was being booked they discovered what they believe to be cocaine on his person. The exact amount of the drug police said they found wasn’t released.
Moody has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the SUV), assault and battery on a police officer, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute as a subsequent offense, drug offense in a school zone, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a number of other vehicle and traffic offenses. He is also facing possible legal repercussions stemming from his three warrants.
Pittsfield Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said Moody was being held in the police lock-up until Monday when he will be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court.
In 2005, Moody was sentenced to between five and seven years in state prison for his role in a city drive-by shooting on Bradford Street. Police said he was the driver in a April 13, 2004 shooting in which the two unidentified men who were the targets were not hit, but a car parked nearby was struck twice by bullets. As part of that plea he also admitted to dealing cocaine and to several gun offenses.
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