PITTSFIELD >> The passengers in the car Kalem Daniels drove through a red light and a stop sign Thursday night while being pursued by Dalton Police repeatedly told him to pull over the car and "stop being an idiot."
When police caught up to the car in the Petricca gravel pit, both passengers were exiting the vehicle and Daniels, 32, of Pittsfield had taken refuge in some nearby bushes, where he allegedly tried to hide about 14.3 grams of heroin.
Daniels faces narcotics, motor vehicle and larceny charges in two separate cases, both being heard in Central Berkshire District Court.
Dalton Police spotted the car Daniels was driving about 11:30 p.m. near Carson Avenue and Main Street and saw it pass through a red light while traveling west.
Police began following the car which abruptly turned left, passing through a stop sign as it did so.
The vehicle sped up and entered the area near the gravel pit and took a sharp turn into an old gravel bed where it was found stopped, according to police.
The passengers told police Daniels had been driving and they'd come back from Holyoke.
When asked why they'd gone there, one passenger replied, "What do you think?"
Police inferred the trip was to purchase drugs and asked the passengers where they were. Both replied they didn't know.
A search dog was brought in and found a black pouch with the suspected heroin inside, in the area where Daniels had been hiding.
Police discovered Daniels had a suspended driver's license and an active warrant.
The warrant was connected to charges of receiving stolen property in excess of $250 and larceny under $250 by false pretense.
Those charges involve the alleged theft of power tools and a video game console and the sale of that console in June.
On Friday, Daniels entered not guilty pleas to his new charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), refusing to identify himself, failure to stop or yield and speeding.
Judge William Rota set $250 bail on each of his cases and a pretrial hearing date of October 5.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.