Otis man who led police on lengthy chase remains held on $1,000 bail


GREAT BARRINGTON >> An Otis man who led state and local police on a lengthy chase through the hilltowns on Saturday remains held on $1,000 bail following his arraignment on multiple charges.

David J. Conklin, 57, took off in his vehicle after police, including Chief Roberta Sarnacki, arrived at his home to serve him with a domestic assault and battery warrant, police said.

Becket and Massachusetts State Police units joined the chase, which stretched through Otis, Blandford and Tolland.

Conklin eventually returned to the East Otis area, where he was captured with the help of a K-9 unit after he bolted from his vehicle.

He pleaded not guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of domestic assault and battery on a person over 60, five counts of assault and battery on a police officer, five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and numerous motor vehicle charges.

He was ordered confined to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction. He is slated for a pretrial conference on March 14.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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