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Teen charged after chase through downtown Northampton

  • Main Street in downtown Northampton. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO—Daily Hampshire Gazette



@BeraDunau
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Correction: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story confused who smelled of alcohol. The officer smelled alcohol on the suspect, according to police.

NORTHAMPTON — A teenager has received a summons to answer for four offenses, after allegedly fleeing from police in her vehicle through downtown North​​​​​​ampton, around midnight on Tuesday, police said.

According to Northampton Police, an officer observed a Nissan following a Volvo. The officer pulled in front of the vehicles to stop them and was informed by the driver of the Nissan that the driver of the other car had allegedly struck the Nissan and fled.

The officer told the driver of the Volvo to stop while she was stopped at a red light, police said. When the light changed, however, the car took off, police said.

According to police, the car was pursued with lights and sirens down Pleasant Street, down Armory Street, through the Armory Street parking lot and Hampton Avenue before stopping. Police allege that the car was being operated recklessly at this time, and that there was heavy motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Police said the driver of the Volvo was a 17-year-old girl, and the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Although the suspect passed a sobriety test, three beers were discovered in the car, allegedly concealed under a sweatshirt, police said.

The teenager was not arrested but received a summons to court on four charges: Failure to stop for a police officer, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and  being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.