Chase by car, foot ends in arrest in Whately

Staff Writer
Published: 12/21/2020 7:58:32 PM

WHATELY — Police chased down and arrested a Holyoke man Monday morning after a vehicle pursuit that started in Montague and ended when the suspect crashed at Exit 26 on I-91 south.

Emmanuel Castro, 31, was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for treatment of minor injuries at around 8:20 a.m. after complaining of pain following his arrest, according to Massachusetts State Trooper Sergei Skorupa, who took Castro into custody.

State Police Sgt. Anthony Martino said Castro was set to be arraigned for failure to stop for a police officer, speeding, assault with a dangerous weapon and a marked lanes violation.

Martino said the assault charge stems from Castro’s swerve at a Deerfield Police officer to successfully avoid stop sticks (tire-deflation devices) that were placed on the highway in an attempt to stop him.

No officers were injured in the ordeal.

Detective Sgt. Josh Hoffman of the Montague Police said the incident started shortly before 8 a.m. when Officer James Ruddock noticed a black 2002 Honda Accord with a broken headlight driving west on Miller Falls Road at high speed. Ruddock reportedly pursued the vehicle, which police said was being driven erratically and passing other vehicles.

Ruddock was unable to catch up with the vehicle and ended his pursuit, advising other law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the lookout for the vehicle in question.

Martino said a call came in that the Accord hit a snowbank near the Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls and left behind its bumper and license plate.

Skorupa later spotted Castro on the interstate and pursued him until the crash at Exit 26.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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