Assault and battery charges after Otis man leads police on lengthy chase


OTIS — A helicopter and K-9 unit were needed to bring the two-plus hour pursuit of an Otis man to a close Saturday.

Followed by state and local police on a wild car chase, David J. Conklin, 57, of East Otis, was arrest on numerous charges.

According to Otis Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki, Conklin faces assault and battery on a person over 60, five counts each of assault and battery on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and numerous motor vehicle charges.

Sarnacki and another officer arrived at Conklin's home at about 2 p.m. to serve him a warrant for domestic abuse.

Upon spotting police, Conklin fled the scene in his vehicle. He was pursued through Otis, Blandford and Tolland at a high rate of speed, police said. Eventually, Becket and Massachusetts State Police joined the chase.

He eventually returned to East Otis, where he abandoned his vehicle after almost hitting several police cruisers, and fled on foot into the woods between Norton Road and Route 23.

With the aid of the Massachusetts State Police Airwing and K-9 units, Conklin was captured at about 4:30 p.m., police said.

He will be arraigned Monday in Southern Berkshire District Court.


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