Greenfield man arrested after seven-town chase

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

HADLEY — A Greenfield man pleaded not guilty Friday to a slew of charges after police said he led authorities on a chase through seven towns Thursday, Sept. 8, first striking a cruiser and then a tree which caused his vehicle to flip.

About 3:40 p.m. Sept. 8, Massachusetts State Police attempted to pull over an SUV driven by Frank Cabrera after he was involved in an accident causing damage and left the scene, police said. After the unsuccessful attempt to stop the vehicle, Hadley Police were notified to watch for it.

A short time later, Hadley Police said they received a report of a vehicle matching the troopers’ description that was “traveling recklessly” in the area of Cross Path and Cemetery roads.

Officers observed the SUV traveling northbound on River Drive (Route 47) and attempted to catch up to it. But the SUV accelerated as police neared and turned right onto Huntington Road as officers followed closely behind.

Cabrera crossed into Amherst via Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street, police said.

As the SUV slowed near the intersection of Route 116 and Meadow Street, a cruiser tried to pull in front of the vehicle to block its path. But Cabrera veered left, striking the front of the cruiser and causing “significant damage” to both vehicles, Hadley Police reported. They allege he acted intentionally.

The SUV continued through Amherst, Leverett, Sunderland and into Montague before looping around back through Leverett and Shutesbury, and finally into Wendell where Cabrera lost control on a sharp curve while traveling on a dirt portion of New Salem Road, police said. The SUV struck a tree and flipped.

Cabrera was arrested by Hadley officers on charges of speeding, a marked lanes violation, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of property damage, malicious damage to property and assault and battery with a motor vehicle.

He was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. Pelham, Wendell, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Montague and Leverett police all assisted, authorities said.

Hadley Police said state police are also expected to file separate charges.

Michael Majchrowicz can be reached at mmajchrowicz@gazettenet.com.