NORTH ADAMS -- A 19-year-old Adams man who allegedly fled police on a motorcycle this week was charged with traffic violations in city court Friday.
Christopher Hayes of Howland Avenue was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday for failing to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improperly passing, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
At roughly 1 p.m. on Monday, Hayes -- driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle -- allegedly fled a pursuing officer at speeds exceeding 100 miles-per-hour (mph) from the Hadley Overpass bridge to Gould Road in Adams.
Officer Joshua Zustra of the North Adams Police Department initially attempted to stop Hayes because he saw Hayes illegally pass a vehicle on the right while on the bridge, according to a police report filed at the court.
Zustra's report says Hayes reacted to his lights by "increasing speed dramatically."
Zustra pursued Hayes, the two vehicles causing traffic disruptions along Curran Highway and traveling at roughly 110 mph.
He notes in the report that Hayes was "swerving in between vehicles and forcing multiple vehicles off the roadway" and "[crossing] both the double yellow line and the fog line" and running red lights.
Zustra radioed ahead to Adams police as the chase crossed town lines, and Police Chief Richard Tarsa and Officer Gregory Charon responded.
After taking Friend Street and West Road, Hayes stopped at Gould Road and was arrested by Tarsa and Charon. The motorcycle was towed to Dean's Repair Shop. Police also confiscated a switchblade knife from Hayes' person. Hayes was later released on $40 bail.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for June 7.
-- Phil Demers