GREAT BARRINGTON — A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail in connection with the break-in of a local business and subsequent car chase through several South Berkshire communities.

Nathan P. Lopes, 22, of Tyler Avenue Extension, was being investigated by police for a series of break-ins at local businesses April 6 when he led police on a pursuit that began at the Great Barrington-Alford town line. The chase passed through Alford and then on to West Stockbridge, where he crashed his car into a tree at about 4 a.m.

Lopes fled the scene, and as he did so, was observed by police emptying his pockets and flinging money away as he ran. He was apprehended few minutes later. A total of $2,239 was recovered.

An investigation determined that Lopes had broken into Xicotencatl, a Mexican restaurant in Great Barrington.

He pleaded guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court last week to one count each of witness intimidation, breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle after suspension of license and speeding.

He was given credit for 20 days already served.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.