Two arrested on firearms charges after police chase in Greenfield 

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2022 4:40:12 PM
Modified: 1/16/2022 4:39:07 PM

GREENFIELD — Police arrested Holyoke residents Luis Gabriel Colon Rodriguez, 35, and Edgar Luis Hernandez, 38, on firearm and motor vehicle charges following a vehicle chase Friday night.

Deputy Chief William Gordon recounted from a police report that Officer Patrick Merrigan was coming onto Federal Street at around 9 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle having trouble staying within marked lanes before it turned right onto Main Street using the straight-ahead lane instead of the turning lane.

When Merrigan attempted to pull over the vehicle, it drove around the rotary, back onto Main Street and onto Highland Avenue before pulling into a resident’s driveway and fleeing on foot into the woods, according to Gordon. Along the way, Hernandez, who was riding in the passenger seat, allegedly threw a package out the window that police later found contained a loaded pistol with the serial numbers removed.

According to Gordon, K-9 Niko was able to tackle Hernandez for Merrigan to apprehend, while State Police troopers were able to apprehend Rodriguez as he exited the woods a few blocks away.

Both men were taken to the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction and charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, defacing a firearm serial number, violation of carrying a firearm with three prior violent crimes or serious drug offenses, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification (FID) card, possession of ammunition without an FID card and resisting arrest. Additionally, Rodriguez was charged with speeding, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and several civil motor vehicle infractions.

Gordon said the Hernandez and Rodriguez will likely be arraigned in Greenfield District Court on Tuesday.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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