Police break down door to arrest S. Hadley man on warrants

Staff Writer
Published: 1/3/2018 10:06:39 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — After evading police for almost two weeks, a 55-year-old South Hadley man was arrested Wednesday morning on five warrants for charges including reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license.

Police said William J. Robinson of 7 Walnut St. was arrested at his home without incident after officers broke down the door around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted South Hadley police with the arrest.

On Dec. 22, South Hadley Police Sgt. Barry O’Connor recognized Robinson as an unlicensed driver as he left his driveway and pulled him over. Robinson then fled in his vehicle and locked himself in his home on Walnut Street.

“He always raced home and barricaded himself in his house,” Chief Steve Parentela said.

South Hadley police visited the residence once more on Sunday after receiving a report that Robinson was there, before arresting him Wednesday.

Robinson had five outstanding warrants over the last year on charges of reckless driving, failing to stop for police, and driving with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, court documents show. He had outstanding warrants in Eastern Hampshire District Court, Westfield District Court, and Northampton District Court. Robinson was arrested in October 2016 by the state police on similar traffic-related charges.

He was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday morning on the most recent charges, with bail set at $1,000. He was then taken to Westfield District Court for arraignment on those charges.

Sarah Robertson can be reached at srobertson@gazettenet.com


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