SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A high-speed chase on Interstate 91 ended with at least four people, including a pregnant woman, being taken to the hospital during Friday evening’s rush hour.
According to Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio, troopers from the Springfield barracks attempted to stop a vehicle with attached plates that was traveling southbound on I-391 near Exit 3 at around 5 p.m.
The driver, later identified by authorities as 20-year-old Nathan Ricardo Davila of Chicopee, allegedly refused to stop for police and continued to drive at a high-speed. The chase was authorized by Troop B Headquarters while traffic was light, Procopio told 22News.
While trying to escape, Davila allegedly used the breakdown lane to pass other vehicles, causing multiple crashes.
Springfield fire officials were called to assist with a four-vehicle accident following the chase. Captain Brian Tetreault confirmed with 22News on Friday, that the accident involved two SUV’s and two sedans.
The pregnant woman, who was in one of the sedans, had to be extricated and taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
According to Procopio, a 22-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat of Davila’s vehicle during the high-speed chase was taken to the hospital. Procopio was unable to confirm if that passenger was the pregnant woman.
The drivers who were struck by Davila as he attempted to get away from State Police include a 39-year-old Longmeadow man driving a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, a 47-year-old West Hartford, Connecticut woman driving a 2014 Ford Explorer, a 29-year-old Vernon, Connecticut man driving a 2014 Mazda, and a 22-year-old East Longmeadow woman driving a 2016 Toyota Camry.
Troopers eventually caught up with Davila, who allegedly resisted arrest before being taken into custody. He was treated for minor injuries at Baystate Medical Center.
The 20-year-old is facing charges including attaching plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, speeding, marked lanes violation, breakdown lane violation, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, violation of an abuse prevention order and four outstanding warrants.