A high-speed chase through five Berkshire County communities and four more in nearby New York state ended in Guilderland, N.Y., early Saturday when the driver of an alleged stolen vehicle crashed into a state police cruiser.
The 60-mile odyssey began in Lenox about 1:25 a.m. Saturday when Lenox Officer Robert Fuore, patrolling Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 and 20) near Knights Inn, spotted a Hyundai Elantra that had been reported stolen from Brockton in eastern Massachusetts.
The driver, later identified as Michael S. Evans, 34, of Abington, refused to stop and continued northward into Pittsfield, where city police pursued the vehicle for 20 minutes through numerous city streets, according to Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.
The driver continued on Route 7 through Lanesborough, New Ashford and Williamstown at high speed, evading "stop stick" tire deflators that had been installed by Williamstown police.
As he headed west into New York, state police took over the chase through Stephentown, Sand Lake, North Greenbush and Colonie. After the driver failed to negotiate a turn from the Northway (I-87) onto Western Avenue in Guilderland, he lost control of the vehicle and hit a state police cruiser, police reports stated.
After a brief struggle, Evans was taken into custody by state troopers and taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
After his arraignment in Guilderland Town Court on more than a dozen criminal and traffic charges, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment, Evans was held in Albany County Jail without bail pending his next court appearance scheduled for Thursday evening in Guilderland.
"We located the stolen motor vehicle and a chase ensued," O'Brien said. He added that eventually, Evans will face local charges of failure to stop for police, operating with a revoked license, and receiving a stolen motor vehicle, a felony.
Lenox police have issued a warrant for Evans' return to Berkshire County after his charges are resolved in New York state and any potential sentence is served.
"At some point, he'll have to answer charges in Massachusetts," O'Brien said.