Bail remains at $50,000 for Greenfield man accused of leading police on 7-town chase

  • Crime scene

Friday, February 03, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man who police say initiated a car chase through seven western Massachusetts towns in September pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday.

Frank Cabrera faces charges in Hampshire Superior Court of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. His bail remains at $50,000 cash, the same amount attorneys agreed to when Cabrera was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court in September. He’s expected to return to court April 27.

Authorities said Massachusetts State Police troopers unsuccessfully attempted to pull over Cabrera’s SUV after it was reportedly involved in an accident Sept. 8, in which damage was reported. Shortly thereafter, Hadley police received a report of a vehicle driving recklessly with a description that matched Cabrera’s, police said.

While traveling north on River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, Cabrera allegedly sped away at the sight of police cruisers and turned right onto Huntington Road. Cabrera, in the SUV, continued into Amherst on Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street, police said. A cruiser then tried to pull in front of Cabrera as he approached the intersection of Route 116 and Meadow Street.

At that point, according to police, Cabrera veered left and struck the front of the cruiser. Police say this was intentional.

But that wasn’t the end.

He continued on into Amherst and through Leverett, Sunderland and into Montague before circling back through Leverett, Shutesbury and finally Wendell where police said Cabrera took a sharp turn and lost control of his vehicle while on a dirt portion of New Salem Road. The SUV flipped after striking a tree, authorities said. Cabrera was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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