Adams man sentenced in chase that injured officer

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NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man will serve an 18-month sentence after leading authorities on a neighborhood foot chase that resulted in a broken ankle for a North Adams police officer.

Robert Donnelly III, 34, was stopped on an arrest warrant, while driving along Protection Avenue, by North Adams Police Officer Stephanie Mirante shortly after 5 p.m. May 21.

But Donnelly fled on foot, prompting Mirante to give chase. She caught up to Donnelly, but he eluded handcuffs and hopped a nearby fence.

Mirante continued her chase, but she landed on her leg awkwardly and "felt something snap," according to the police report filed in Northern Berkshire District Court.

The report indicated that Mirante suffered "fractures of several different bones."

Police tracked down Donnelly at his last known residence, on Houghton Street, and pulled him over as he left in a sedan. Officers found him in possession of 22 gabapentin pills and two bags of heroin.

Donnelly admitted to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt on single counts of resisting arrest, Class A drug possession, subsequent offense and Class E drug possession.

As part of an agreed-upon deal between prosecutors and the defendant, Donnelly will serve 18 months in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, with 101 days of credit for time served.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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