GREAT BARRINGTON — A Pittsfield man accused of leading police on a wild chase through several south Berkshire towns early Wednesday before crashing his vehicle and fleeing has been ordered held on $5,000 bail.
Nathan P. Lopes, 22, of Tyler Street Extension, was arraigned on Thursday in connection with the break-in and theft at a Great Barrington restaurant. He is expected to face more charges associated with the police chase, according to a court official.
Lopes is suspected of breaking into Xicohtencatl, a Mexican restaurant on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, and potentially other businesses in the area late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to authorities.
Great Barrington police came upon Lopes on Seekonk Cross Road and chased him into Alford and West Stockbridge before he crashed his truck into a tree in that town. The vehicle was totaled, according to Great Barrington Police Officer Adam Carlotto.
Lopes attempted to flee on foot, throwing away large wads of cash, according to police. After he was captured, police rounded up the cash and receipts in the area.
Carlotto and Erin Karella of the Massachusetts State Police returned to the restaurant and spoke with owner Angel Espinosa, who estimated that at least $1,500 had been stolen, which represented several days worth of business.
The recovered cash was inventoried, and a total of $2,239.50 was counted. In addition, police recovered envelopes, receipts, a Xicohtencatl gift certificate for $40, a shot glass and a can of Jarritos Strawberry soda.
Lopes was transported to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, where he was treated for minor head injuries before being booked at the police station.
He pleaded not guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday to one count each of breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime for the purpose of a felony and larceny over $250. State police are expected to further charge him with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Judge Paul Vrabel remanded him to Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, and ordered him to return to court May 5.
Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.