Drug, weapons charges for Pittsfield man who allegedly tossed evidence during foot chase


PITTSFIELD >> A city man who allegedly tossed evidence during a foot chase with police is facing drug and weapons charges.

Michael A. Taylor, 57, allegedly locked himself in a room inside of a Mohawk Street apartment about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday where he was not authorized to be.

After refusing to leave despite being asked several times, Taylor left the apartment when he learned police were on their way, according to court files.

He was spotted leaving the building by police who ordered him to stop.

Taylor fled through a construction site at the corner of Calumet and Mohawk streets and was eventually caught on Mohegan Street, where he was taken into custody after a "brief struggle."

Taylor was allegedly seen throwing a cellphone during the pursuit — which was recovered — and a police search dog later found a bag of cocaine in the same area.

During a search of Taylor, police found a plastic bag allegedly containing four 5 mg oxycodone tablets, six 30mg oxycodone tablets, two bags of cocaine, some marijuana and a Viagra tablet.

Taylor allegedly told police the drugs were for his personal use.

He also was carrying a bag of heroin and a black folding knife when he was taken into custody, police said.

A search of the apartment Taylor fled from recovered dealer paraphernalia, a glass pipe and baking soda, baby formula and vitamin B-12 — products typically used to cut cocaine to increase its yield.

Police estimated the total value of the cash and drugs recovered at about $600.

Taylor pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, two counts of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), possession of a Class A drug and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Judge William Rota set Taylor's bail at $1,000 and gave him a pretrial hearing date of July 13.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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