NORTH ADAMS — A city man was held on $5,000 cash bail after two high-speed car chases through the Northern Berkshires and a report of hitting a storefront on Tuesday evening.
Christopher Beaumont, 34, allegedly fled after he drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Old State Street and Curran Memorial Highway at about 10:30 p.m.
North Adams Police Officer Ivan Cardeno dropped his pursuit of the vehicle, which he estimated exceeded 100 miles per hour, as it traveled south into Adams, according to North Adams Police Lt. Jason Wood.
Massachusetts State Police and Adams Police were called to assist in the search for the vehicle, but could not locate and pull it over.
As Cardeno returned to the North Adams Police Station shortly after 11 p.m., he spotted the Lincoln LS sedan traveling through the adjacent Steeple City Plaza parking lot. He quickly took up pursuit, according to Wood.
Beaumont allegedly lost control of his vehicle and spun into the Olympia Sports storefront, smashing its window. He backed into Cardeno's cruiser and drove away, damaging the cruiser's front bar, according to Wood.
The pursuit was picked up by Massachusetts State Police and Adams Police, who followed Beaumont through Savoy and Florida into Savoy State Forest, where he was eventually taken into custody.
Beaumont, of River Street, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of failure to stop at a stop sign, failing to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a motor vehicle bylaw violation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of leaving the scene of property damage, and of speeding.
Judge Paul Vrabel ordered Beaumont held on $5,000 cash bail. He is next scheduled to appear on Jan. 24, 2018 for a pretrial hearing.
Police said it is unclear what motivated Beaumont to initiate the chase.
Olympia Sports was operating normally on Wednesday morning but its window was temporarily covered with cardboard.