Police arrest two after chase through Greenfield
Apprehend suspects following spin-out
GREENFIELD — Free of a high-speed pursuit called off by police due to safety concerns in downtown Greenfield, two men ended their run when they lost control of an allegedly stolen vehicle on Colrain Road, according to police.
Police arrested Leigh Eddings, 38, of 73 Treemont St., Athol, and Keith Curtis, 37 of 411 Lancaster St., Leominster, after police say they led them on a chase into the center of Greenfield.
Trooper Nicholas Pellegrino of the Shelburne barracks said they were told to be on the lookout for a green 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee reported stolen in Leominster Sunday morning, and later took a call from the Northampton Police Department reporting the vehicle was involved in a shoplifting incident at a CVS store in Northampton and could be headed their way.
Pellegrino said state police put out a BOLO for the vehicle, which was spotted on Interstate 91 but took off into the center of Greenfield when police attempted to pull it over near the rotary around 12:45 p.m.
Sgt. Mark Williams of the Greenfield Police Department said the car came up Main Street driving erratically and at a very high rate of speed and he initiated pursuit, following the green SUV onto High Street, then Riddell and Federal streets before breaking off the chase on Silver Street.
“The speed was getting great and at that point I saw him throw something from the vehicle, throw a package,” Williams said, and between wanting to recover the evidence and the danger to the public and the suspects, he called off the chase.
The evidence recovered was an electric toothbrush, Williams said, consistent with merchandise reported shoplifted.
Williams said the vehicle was moving at over 60 mph at some points downtown, with crowded streets and poor road conditions, and struck another vehicle near the beginning of the chase by Dunkin’ Donuts on the Mohawk Trail.
Williams said no one was hurt then or when the vehicle came to a stop, having apparently spun out on Colrain Road.
Emergency callers reported the vehicle off the road in front of Harper’s Store, but police were neither in pursuit nor in sight at the time of the crash, according to Williams.
Both men left the car on foot and were arrested nearby, according to police.
Police found one man on foot and the other in a car about to turn and leave traffic stalled by the accident after he approached a passerby and was given a ride, according to Williams.
State police took the men into custody.
Trooper William O’Connell said both face charges of receiving a stolen vehicle and two counts of wanton destruction of property, with Curtis, as the driver, additionally charged with operating with a revoked license and failure to stop for police.