Springfield Police: Naked driver arrested

Dereck A. Dent of Enfield, Connecticut facing multiple charges

Dereck A. Dent, courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police say that a naked man got out of his car, and began jumping around and dancing in the street early Tuesday morning.

That driver, 30 year-old Dereck A. Dent of Enfield, Connecticut, is now facing a variety of charges related to a short police pursuit, as well as three default warrants.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, a patrolling police sergeant saw Dent driving a red Toyota with its headlights off at an “extreme high rate of speed” down Mill Street. The sergeant tried to catch up with him, as the driver blew through stop signs and turned onto East Columbus Avenue. At East Columbus and Broad Street, Delaney says Dent tried to make a turn, but jumped the curb, blowing out one of the car’s tires, and the car came to a stop at the I-91 overpass.

As the sergeant approached the driver, Delaney says, Dent got out of the car- in the nude- and began jumping and dancing around. Backup officers arrived, and convinced Dent to get out of the street so they could handcuff him. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center to be evaluated.

Delaney says that Dent had been involved in another police pursuit in Enfield earlier on Monday, and may have been involved in a separate crime in Springfield- something that detectives are currently looking into. They are also trying to figure out whether the Toyota he was driving had been stolen in Connecticut.

Dent is facing the following charges:

    • Failure to stop for police
    • Operating after a license suspension
    • No lights
    • Stop sign violation
    • Default warrant for possession of cocaine
    • Default warrant for shoplifting
    • Default warrant for motor vehicle violations