High-speed chase, foot pursuit ends in arrest in Whately

Staff Writer
Published: 12/21/2020 3:18:13 PM

WHATELY — A Holyoke man was arrested Monday morning after a brief foot pursuit following a car chase that started in Montague, included an accident that dislodged the vehicle’s bumper and license plate, and reached roughly 90 mph before ending when the suspect crashed at Exit 26 on Interstate 91 southbound.

Emmanuel Castro, 31, was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for treatment of minor injuries at around 8:20 a.m. after complaining of pain following his arrest, according to Massachusetts State Trooper Sergei Skorupa, who took Castro into custody.

State Police Sgt. Anthony Martino said Castro is set to be arraigned for failure to stop for a police officer, speeding, assault with a dangerous weapon and a marked lanes violation. Martino said the assault charge stems from Castro’s swerve at a Deerfield Police officer to successfully avoid stop sticks (tire-deflation devices) that were placed on the highway in an attempt to stop Castro.

No officers were injured in the ordeal.

Montague Police Det. Sgt. Josh Hoffman said the incident started shortly before 8 a.m. when Officer James Ruddock noticed a black 2002 Honda Accord with a non-functioning headlight driving west on Miller Falls Road at a “fairly high rate of speed.” Ruddock reportedly pursued the vehicle, seeing it operate erratically and pass other vehicles. He was unable to catch up with the vehicle and ended his pursuit, advising other law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the lookout for the vehicle in question.

Martino said eventually a call came in that the Accord hit a snow bank near the Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls and left behind its bumper and license plate. Skorupa then spotted Castro on the interstate and pursued him until the crash at Exit 26.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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