Shutesbury man arrested on drug charges after crash

For The Recorder
Thursday, January 04, 2018

CHICOPEE — A Shutesbury man allegedly in possession of 47 bags of heroin was taken into custody following a crash on Memorial Drive Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, according to Chicopee Police.

Sheldon Destromp, 53, of 55 Lakeview Road, was arrested on charges of possession of a class A drug, heroin, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, said Officer Michael Wilk, the department’s public information officer.

The crash, which occurred at 4:10 p.m., caused injuries to a female driver, who was speaking to officers when Destromp attempted to flee.

A bystander assisted police in preventing him from leaving and officer Ryan Moran was able to activate the emergency brake to stop the vehicle from moving, Wilk said. Destromp got out of his vehicle and was unsteady on his feet.

Wilk said the woman told police her vehicle was rear-ended by Destromp and then was struck a second time after she exited to speak with him.

Moran observed that Destromp’s pupils were shrunk to “pin size,” a sign of opioid use.

Packages of heroin marked “thumbs up” were located in Destromp’s vehicle, Wilk said, along with nine pill capsules, filled with brownish-green powder, in a sandwich bag, and nine wrapped straws.

The woman was treated on scene by EMTs and sought her own medical attention, Wilk said.