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Downtown foot chase leads to drug arrest

GREENFIELD — A local man was arrested after a downtown foot chase turned up a cache of drugs Thursday night.

The chase ended in the Recorder’s Hope Street parking lot at about 5:45 p.m., where the suspect was apprehended by state police trooper Jonathan O’Laughlin. The trooper was joined in short order by four Greenfield police officers and another state trooper.

William Darmanchev, 19, of Greenfield, was arrested. He sat on the pavement, in handcuffs, his forehead bloodied, and white sweatshirt dirtied from the scuffle, as he awaited an ambulance.

Nearby, an amber prescription pill bottle sat shattered. Its contents, several pills and six bundles of small plastic bags filled with a white substance, strewn about the pavement.

Police crawled beneath nearby cars, searching for evidence that may have rolled under them.

State police Sgt. Richard Cadran said specific charges and other details were unavailable at press time, as O’Loughlin had been taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with minor injuries, and had yet to return to the barracks to file a report.

Darmanchev was also taken to BFMC for treatment.

Darmanchev and O’Loughlin were both released from the hospital after receiving treatment, according to Baystate spokeswoman Amy Swisher.

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