PITTSFIELD -- A 30-year-old ex-con who led police on a high-speed car chase through the city's streets in January pleaded guilty to seven charges and will be sentenced to up to six years in prison next week.
On the afternoon of Jan. 4., Eyzaiya Moody led members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force on a high speed chase that ended in the Taconic High School parking lot during classes, according to police and prosecutors. He was wanted on several outstanding warrants at the time.
Police had followed Moody from his Stratford Avenue residence, which had been under surveillance, but when they tried to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Pecks Road, Valentine Road and Highland Avenue, Moody threw his Ford Explorer into reverse, then shot forward over a curb and into a home's front yard, said police.
A Massachusetts state trooper injured his finger while attempting to stop Moody and was later hurt when he was struck in the back by Moody's SUV, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke.
The police report states that the trooper didn't require medical attention.
Moody's SUV got stuck behind the school and he was arrested after a short foot pursuit.
After his arrest he was found with 3.5 grams of cocaine and $361 in cash, Locke said.
On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, Moody pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the SUV), assault and battery on a police officer, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, drug offense in a school zone, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer and driving with a suspended license.
Moody is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday. His attorney, Richard S. Taskin, asked for the time in order to wrap up a separate district court case involving a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and other traffic and vehicle infractions.
Judge John A. Agostini said he would sentence Moody next Wednesday to between four years and one day and six years in state prison. The sentence was in line with a joint recommendation between Locke and Taskin.
Originally charged as a subsequent offender for the cocaine charge, as part of the plea agreement Moody was allowed to plead to a first-offense charge, which carries less time.
Moody remains in custody pending the sentencing.
In 2005, he was sentenced to between five and seven years in state prison for his role in a city drive-by shooting on Bradford Street in which no one was hurt.
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