ADAMS -- A town resident is facing several charges after police say he left the scene of an accident that damaged roughly 15 feet of guardrail on East Road early Sunday morning.
Adams Police Officer Thomas Cook said that Christopher McKeon, 25, was driving alone in his 1995 BMW 318i on East Road just north of Lime Street when he failed to negotiate the curve and collided with the guardrail at 2:46 a.m.
"He went straight into the guardrail and totaled the car and did significant damage to the guardrail," Cook said Monday. "There's actually 15 feet of guardrail that was damaged."
Cook, along with Adams Police Sgt. Richard Tarsa and Officer Michael Wandrei, as well as the Alert Hose Co. and Adams Ambulance Service, responded to the scene, but found McKeon's vehicle abandoned.
A thermal imaging camera was used to search a nearby section of woods for the driver, but without success, Cook said. Lanesborough Police also assisted the search with a K-9 unit.
Cook said that eventually "pinging" McKeon's cell phone and using its GPS coordinates allowed police to catch up to him by roughly 10 p.m. Sunday. He added that McKeon refused medical treatment.
Though not arrested, Cook said he expected McKeon to be summonsed to Northern Berkshire District Court next week to be arraigned on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a marked-lanes violation, speeding and operating to endanger.
-- Michael J. Foster