Three face drug charges after North Adams chase


NORTH ADAMS -- Three people are facing drug charges after a brief police chase and investigation led to the discovery of crack, heroin and prescription painkillers on Friday.

Ariel Camacho, 27, of New York City, Grace M. Sprague, 25, of Cliff Street, North Adams, and Charles E. Crisp III, of Beaver Street, North Adams, were charged with possessing 125 small bags and one large bag of crack cocaine, two bags of heroin, and 41 oxycodone pills, which were found inside a vehicle driven by Camacho, police said.

Police initially responded to Walmart on Curran Highway at 5:42 p.m. for a call that Crisp was trespassing, according to the report by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux. Officers were then notified Crisp was fleeing in a green 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Lemieux was on patrol when he spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Miner Street and Union Street [Route 2] and activated his cruiser lights. The driver of the Pontiac failed to stop and yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection, nearly causing an accident, the report states, before speeding north onto Cliff Street at an estimated speed of 70 mph

The driver, later identified as Camacho, stopped in front of a Cliff Street home and fled on foot. Lemieux pursued Camacho on foot before catching her behind the home.

All three were all arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday on charges of possessing a Class A drug (heroin). Both Camacho and Sprague face additional charges of possessing a Class B drug to distribute (crack) and cocaine trafficking over 18 grams.

In addition, Camacho faces charges of resisting arrest, failure to use a turn signal, failure to yield, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, and giving a false name to police.

All three were ordered to be held at cash bail in Berkshire County Jail and House of Corrections until their pretrial on March 24. Camacho was ordered held at $50,000 cash bail; Sprague, $7,500; and Crisp, $1,000.

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