UMass Police arrest man in alleged drag race from campus into Hadley

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Staff Writer
Published: 10/8/2019 3:17:21 PM

AMHERST — An alleged drag-racing competition involving two vehicles speeding from the University of Massachusetts campus into Hadley led to the arrest of a 20-year-man on a series of traffic violations on the evening of Oct. 3, according to a UMass spokeswoman.

At about 11:36 p.m., two cars were observed by a UMass police officer in the two westbound travel lanes of Massachusetts Avenue, causing a traffic backup, said spokeswoman Mary Dettloff.

After the officer activated the lights and siren on the cruiser, both vehicles accelerated quickly, continuing west on Massachusetts Avenue at 45 mph and appearing to be racing each other, Dettloff said.

After reaching the intersection of North Maple and Roosevelt streets in Hadley, and turning north on Roosevelt, Dettloff said both vehicles were clocked at in excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, prompting the UMass officer to end the pursuit.

Both offending vehicles traveled into Amherst on Meadow Street and back to the campus via North Pleasant Street, at which time the vehicle driven by Maxwell Todd Robertson, 20, of South Pasadena, California, came to a stop in Lot 62 near the Fine Arts Center.

Robertson was arrested on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, failure to stop/yield, obstructing traffic, speeding and marked lanes violation, Dettloff said.

The second driver was not immediately located, but has since been identified and will be summoned to court on the same charges. His identity is not yet being released, Dettloff said.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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