Pittsfield traffic stop leads to arrest of fugitive wanted in Texas


PITTSFIELD -- A routine traffic stop has led to the arrest of a fugitive from Texas who allegedly violated his probation for passing counterfeit money.

Nicholas D. Hadden, 20, of Amarillo, was driving a moped in the area of Linden and Onota streets about 11 p.m. Wednesday when he was pulled over for a broken headlight, according to a report by Pittsfield Police Officer Jeffrey Coco. The vehicle was lit only by a small LED pen light that had been taped to the scooter.

After stopping the driver, Coco discovered Hadden was wanted by two jurisdictions in Texas on charges of forgery of a government document.

According to various news agencies in Amarillo, he and another man passed forged $10 and $20 bills to several businesses last summer, including a fast food restaurant and a supermarket. The men were caught after returning to the supermarket to try to return items they had purchased with the counterfeit bills.

It was unclear how or why Hadden ended up in Pittsfield.

Hadden appeared with attorney Jerrold F. Trehey in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday and waived rendition, meaning he allowed himself to be held until Texas authorities could come pick him up.

Judge Michael J. Ripps ordered him held without bail. Hadden is due back in court on Sept. 12 in case Texas law enforcement officials fail to retrieve him before then.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons prosecuted the case.

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