Easthampton PD: Driver went more than 80 MPH on city streets

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who police say led them on a chase through two towns drove on the wrong side of the road and went through stop signs; reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, even after hitting a telephone pole and another car.

Easthampton Police Capt. Robert Alberti told 22News that the driver, Joshua Clifford, 37, of Westhampton, was arrested for his second OUI offense, and is facing several other charges in connection with the pursuit.

According to Alberti, around 6:00 Saturday evening, an officer had pulled Clifford over on South Street, after he saw him driving his GMC pickup in the wrong lane, toward oncoming traffic. As the officer got near Clifford’s door, the driver allegedly sped off.

Police tried to follow Clifford, who Alberti says blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Main Street; nearly causing an accident.

Clifford then struck a telephone pole when he tried to turn onto Glendale Street; splitting the pole in half and sending down sparks from the power lines. But Alberti says Clifford kept going, damaging a mailbox and then reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

Police stopped chasing Clifford, but Alberti says they followed him “from a safe distance” on Loudville Road, where he crashed into another car, but kept going into Westhampton.

Clifford finally pulled over on North Road in Westhampton, where he was arrested.

In addition to the second OUI charge, Clifford faces charges including reckless driving, speeding more than 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to stop for police, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

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