Pittsfield man led police on high-speed chase after alleged cafe break-in

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who allegedly broke into a Dalton cafe led police on a high-speed chase through parts of Dalton and Pittsfield on Thursday before being nabbed by officers while trying to flee on foot.

Nathan P. Lopes, 24, was spotted by police leaving Stacie's Corner Cafe after the owner reported seeing, via surveillance video, a man in the closed restaurant wearing a white face mask and a hooded sweatshirt, according to court documents.

The owner, who was not at the building, was alerted to the break-in via a cellphone application connected to the security system, police said.

As Dalton Police arrived, Lopes fled the parking lot in a grey sedan and headed north on Dalton Division Road at a high rate of speed, police said. Officers tried to pull over the car, but it accelerated, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph.

Pittsfield Police assisted in the pursuit, which continued on to East Street, Merrill Road, and New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island avenues.

The car made a U-turn near the intersection of Ridgeway and Brighton avenues, before Lopes jumped out of the car on Harvard Street and ran north between houses before being caught by officers.

During booking, Lopes admitted to forcing his way into the building looking for cash and liquor and left through the back when he saw a police cruiser arrive, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of nighttime breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a licensed revoked for being a habitual traffic offender a marked lanes violation and speeding.

Judge Paul Smyth ordered him held on $5,000 bail; a pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 6.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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