PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man whom police say led officers on a chase through town and allegedly tossed a backpack containing a handgun, knife, drugs and a scale will see his criminal cases prosecuted in Berkshire Superior Court.
Steven Santana, 31, has been held without the right to bail since August. He is accused of leading police on a chase the morning of April 18, when Dalton Police Sgt. Bustin Buzzella clocked Santana traveling at 57 mph in a 35-mph zone on Main Street.
Santana then led Buzzella on a pursuit on several streets in town before stopping on Depot Street, where he allegedly threw from the vehicle a backpack that contained almost 55 grams of cocaine and an unlicensed firearm.
Judge Mark Pasquariello last month denied a motion filed by the defense, which argued that Santana's period in pretrial custody had not been unconstitutionally "excessively prolonged."
A grand jury handed up indictments charging Santana with carrying a firearm without a license, unlicensed handgun possession, defacing a firearm serial number, trafficking less than 100 grams of cocaine, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Santana faces a separate criminal case involving an incident in which he allegedly violently assaulted a man to collect a loan, leading the alleged victim to suffer serious injuries, including the loss of vision in one eye.
He was indicted on charges of mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, four counts of threatening to commit a crime and intimidation.
He was arraigned on the charges in Berkshire Superior Court on Feb. 1.