GREAT BARRINGTON >> A Pittsfield man accused of breaking into a South Berkshire restaurant on April 6 is facing additional charges in connection with leading police on a car chase before crashing his car in West Stockbridge.

Nathan P. Lopes, 22, or Tyler Street Extension, was charged by state police on Tuesday with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension of license and speeding.

He also was charged by Egremont Police with misleading a police investigation.

He will be arraigned on these charges on May 5 in Southern Berkshire District Court.

Lopes is being investigated in connection with a series of break-ins of several businesses in South County. He already has pleaded not guilty to separate charges of breaking an entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250. Further charges are expected.

Police were led to Lopes hours after he allegedly broke into Xicotencatl, a Mexican restaurant in Great Barrington. After encountering him near the Great Barrington-Alford town line, Lopes led several cruisers on a high-speed chase into Alford and West Stockbridge, where he crashed his car into a tree.

He fled the scene, and was seen by police throwing large wads of cash away as he was running. He was picked up about a half-mile from the crash scene. Police eventually recovered $2,239.50 from the area, as well as several items from Xicotencatl.


Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.