SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police said they arrested two men at around midnight Tuesday after a traffic stop turned into a foot chase that ended on Worthington Street.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News officers were called to the area of 157 Bowdoin Street for reports of a suspicious vehicle that was parked and idling for more than an hour. When officers got there, Delaney said the driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Rey Diaz-Soto, made a three-point turn and drove away. Officers pulled Diaz-Soto over near 215 Florida Street after finding out the vehicle was not properly inspected.
Delaney said the passenger, 19-year-old Dwight Clarke, ran from the car as soon as it stopped, and officers chased him through back yards and over fences before catching him. During the foot chase, Delaney said officers saw Clarke throwing things. They sent a police dog out to track his runaway route and were able to recover a fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun and Clarke’s shoes
The men were arrested and both charged with carrying firearms with three prior violent offenses. Clarke is also being charged with destruction of property over $250 for damaging residents’ fences and resisting arrest.