Lanesborough teen's bail reduced, has pleaded not guilty to charges from car chase

PITTSFIELD -- The Lanesborough teen who's facing a slew of charges related to a high-speed chase by police through four towns last Thursday had his bail reduced on Monday and will likely be released on $1,000, but will be required to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Judge Michael E. Mulcahy reduced Chad Foley's bail from $5,000 to $1,000, but stipulated a number of conditions the defendant must follow or risk returning to jail.

Foley has been held in jail since last Thursday night when he was taken into custody by police.

According to a police report, a car chase began on Thanksgiving at about 10 p.m. after a Lanesborough police officer saw a 1999 white Dodge Durango SUV driven by Chad Foley speeding through the parking lot of the Berkshire Mall and coming close to a group of Black Friday shoppers waiting outside of the Sears store. The chase would make its way through four different towns and include several police agencies before ending with Foley crashing the SUV off of Route 9 in Windsor.

Foley pleaded not guilty on Friday to 11 charges related to the chase.

On Monday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office was seeking to have Foley's bail upped to $25,000 citing the possibility of more charges coming the 18-year-old's way.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Zlatnik told the court that more charges were going to be filed in the case, including possible kidnapping and assault and battery on a police officer charges.

According to Zlatnik, three teenagers, two 18-year-old males and a 17-year-old female, were passengers in the SUV during the chase. They told Foley to pull over several times and called 911 from inside the vehicle, Zlatnik said.

The assistant district attorney said that after crashing the SUV, Foley resisted arrest and threw the vehicle into reverse, striking Dalton Police Officer John Marley with the door.

Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe said they were still determining what charges would be filed in the case and stressed that it was still an ongoing investigation. He said Marley suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical attention. The charges are expected to be filed in district court later this week.

Foley's attorney, David Pixley, said his client was a life-long resident from the area and a senior at Mount Greylock Regional High School. The lawyer said Foley suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which affects his ability "to make good decisions," but that he always showed up to court when ordered.

Pixley asked for the lower bail and conditions, to which the judge agreed.

Besides the GPS monitor and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, Foley is also banned from leaving the county while his case is pending.


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