Greenfield man allegedly damaged Hadley police cruiser during chase

The suspect continued to drive away, even though his vehicle was damaged

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Police chased a man from Hampshire to Franklin County, Thursday afternoon, after he was allegedly involved in an accident.

Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell J. Kuc, Jr. told 22News, around 3:43 p.m. Thursday, Massachusetts State Troopers from the Northampton Barracks attempted to pull over a vehicle that was involved in a car crash and then drove away.

State Police issued a “Be On the Look Out” and called off their pursuit. Sgt. Kuc said police in Hadley then received a report of a blue SUV driving recklessly on Cross Path Road and Cemetery Road, which was the area where the alleged suspect’s vehicle was last seen.

Sgt. Kuc said police found the alleged suspect heading northbound on River Drive, Route 47, and started to follow him with blue lights and sirens. He said police followed the suspect into Amherst, where he allegedly hit and seriously damaged a Hadley police cruiser that was attempting to block the road.

The suspect continued to drive away, even though his vehicle was damaged by the crash, Sgt. Kuc said. Police chased the suspect through Amherst, Leverett, Sunderland, Montague, back through Leverett, Shutesbury, and then Wendell, where he allegedly lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree, and rolled the vehicle over on New Salem Road.

Sgt. Kuc said the suspect was identified as Frank Cabrera of Greenfield, and was charged by Hadley Police with the following:

  • Speeding
  • Marked Lanes
  • Operating to Endanger
  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • License Suspended
  • Leaving the Scene/Property Damage Accident
  • Malicious Damage to Property
  • Assault and Battery/Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle)

Cabrera was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Sgt. Kuc said Cabrera will also face additional charges filed by State Police.

Hadley Police was assisted with the arrested by State Police, Pelham, Wendell, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Montague, and Leverett Police, Wendell Fire, Orange Ambulance, and the Dispatchers at Shelburne Control.

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