WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield Police were re-routing traffic off Route 20 Wednesday night, after a car fleeing Westfield Police hit a utility pole and took down some electrical wires.
West Springfield Police Captain Robert Duffy told 22News the car sped off from a traffic stop in Westfield and crashed on Route 20 near Dewey Street at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.
West Springfield Police Sgt. Nolan Ryan called the crash “a hit and run.” He said, “The driver took off.”
Sgt. Ryan said Westfield Police terminated their pursuit at the town line, but the car kept going at a high rate of speed until it hit and sheared a utility pole near Dewey Street. The car sheared the pole at its base, and the top of the pole was dangling, suspended by the wires.
The pursuit started in Westfield. Westfield Police Sgt Jeffrey Baillargeon told 22News police linked the crashed car to a breaking and entering report on Dry Bridge Road, where a television, jewelry and other items had been taken.
The driver took off after the crash, but Sgt Baillargeon said they found the television, jewelry and other stolen items in the rear seat of the wreck that had been abandoned by the driver. Westfield detectives were searching for the suspect.
Sgt. Ryan said Eversource crews were going to cut power to facilitate the process of replacing the utility pole. He said no homes would lose power, but Little George’s Restaurant, the Sunoco station across the street and the Russian church would all be without electricity throughout the night.
Eastbound traffic was expected to resume, but westbound traffic was being diverted off Route 20 at Sibley Avenue, and that was expected to remain the case for most of the early morning hours on Thursday.