Charges mount in Lanesborough Thanksgiving high-speed chase
PITTSFIELD -- The Lane sborough teen who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase on Thanks giving night has been arraigned on 10 more charges related to the case.
On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Chad Foley, 18, pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, including multiple vehicle and traffic offenses, driving to endanger, assault and battery with a dangerous wea pon, and vandalizing property. The vandalism charge is for damaging a homeowner's water well which Foley allegedly hit with the SUV during the chase, said police.
Foley was already facing 11 charges for allegedly leading police on a Nov. 22 chase that began in the Berkshire Mall parking lot in Lanes borough, wound through Pittsfield and Dalton, and ended when the 1999 white Dodge Dur ango SUV he was driving crashed off Route 9 in Windsor.
According to a Dalton Police report, Foley told investigators he had taken his father's SUV without permission, picked up three friends and headed to the Berkshire Mall for Black Friday shopping. While driving around the mall parking lot, one of Foley's friends said he wanted to smoke marijuana, but Foley argued against it since he said he didn't want to get into trouble. It was at this point that Foley noticed a police cruiser with its lights on behind him. He said he fled police because he didn't want to get caught with marijuana in the vehicle.
The Dalton Police were considering bringing kidnapping charges. But after discussing the matter with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, it was decided the appropriate charge was driving to endanger, said Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe.
According to police, the three passengers in the SUV -- two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old -- told Foley to stop during the police pursuit and had called 911 while they were inside the vehicle.
Coe said the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge was filed because Foley put his vehicle into reverse and the door struck Dalton Police Officer John Marley. Coe said Marley suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical attention.
Foley's attorney, David Pixley, has said that Foley suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
On Monday, District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg denied a prosecutor's request for $5,000 more in bail for Chad Foley, but the defendant will remain under house arrest and monitored by a GPS unit while awaiting the outcome of his case. Foley is out on $1,000 bail.
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