High-speed car chase leads to charges

GREENFIELD — A high-speed car chase through downtown Greenfield Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man.

Luis Gutierez, 22, is facing nine charges: larceny of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a marked lanes violation, speeding, failure to stop for police, two counts of failure to stop or yield (at a traffic light) and a number plate violation.

At 4:01 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Felix Ramos pulled behind a red 2010 Toyota Scion on Conway Street, and noticed that the license plate was partially obstructed by a vanity border, according to a police report filed by Ramos.

When the Scion turned left onto Main Street, Ramos attempted to pull it over.

But Gutierez accelerated, crossed over the double line and drove down the center of Main Street, causing oncoming traffic to swerve out of the way, according to Ramos.

Gutierez drove through the red light at the intersection of Federal and Main streets, turning right onto Bank Row on the wrong side of the traffic island. He then drove through a second red light at the intersection at the end of the street, turning left on Deerfield Street, according to Ramos.

Gutierez drove down Deerfield Street, reaching a speed of 60 miles per hour, as he swerved in and out of his lane, passing vehicles.

He crossed into Deerfield and attempted to turn left onto River Road, but lost control of the Scion. The car hit a traffic island curb and drove on top of the island, running over several traffic signs, before the car finally came to a stop.

Gutierez did not resist arrest, according to Ramos. He told police that he had stolen the car earlier that morning from his girlfriend in Palmer.

There was a warrant out for the suspect’s arrest for an unrelated incident: the violation of a restraining order in Monson earlier this month.

He was arraigned in Greenfield but his $1,000 bail had not yet been posted, Greenfield District Court employees said Friday.

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