Multiple charges for Pittsfield man who led police on car, foot chase


PITTSFIELD — A city man who led police on a vehicle and foot chase Monday afternoon now faces multiple charges including drug possession and reckless endangerment.

Larance Bolling fled from police at speeds up to 60 mph after an officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, according to court documents. A check of the plates on the car Bolling was driving came back as uninsured and unregistered.

Bolling allegedly led police from Maplewood Avenue to Tampa Avenue on a convoluted route that included Hamlin Street, First Street, Wellington Avenue, Orchard and Pine streets and several more city streets and avenues.

During the pursuit, Bolling allegedly failed to stop at about 10 stop signs and another three to five red lights at speeds between 30 and 60 mph, according to a report written by Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Brett J. Henault.

When Bolling arrived on Tampa Avenue, a dead-end street, he leapt out of the car and began running into the woods with Henault giving chase, ordering him to stop and informing him he was under arrest.

Bolling eventually fell to the ground and allegedly resisted being taken into custody.

After Bolling's arrest, eight Klonopin tablets were found outside the cruiser in which Bolling was transported and two halves of a small ripped plastic baggie were found in the cruiser's back seat.

Police asked Bolling if he had a prescription for the pills and he allegedly told them he did not.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a Class C drug, failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, resisting arrest, failure to stop or yield, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Judge William Rota set his bail at $500, which was posted, and set a pretrial hearing for June 28.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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