On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 6:30pm, a local resident reported that their vehicle had been stolen while they were at work in Greenfield. At 8:55pm, Detective John Dempsey of the Montague Police Department spotted the stolen vehicle on Fourth Street in Turners Falls. Detective Dempsey activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle then drove away without stopping for him. ...
Detective Dempsey and Officer Kyle Whalley continued to pursue the stolen vehicle. The vehicle crossed the White Bridge into Greenfield. Sergeant James Rode of the Greenfield Police Department joined in the pursuit as the stolen vehicle and Montague cruisers were heading north on the French King Highway. The driver of the stolen vehicle did not stop for numerous red lights and stop signs during the pursuit. The driver of the stolen vehicle continued from the French King Highway across the Route 2 Bypass and on to Adams Road. The driver then turned the vehicle in to 42 Adams Road, which is a very thickly settled area of mobile homes. The driver drove around the mobile home park, stopped the vehicle, and fled on foot. The pursuing officers gave chase on foot. Officers Patricia West, Jason Kratz, and Patrick Buchanan also responded to that area to assist in the search for the suspect. Lieutenant Scott Waldron and his K9, Drago, assisted with the search as well. After searching the area for over an hour, the officers located the suspect hiding behind a tree in the back yard of one of the mobile homes.
The operator of that vehicle was identified as Jennifer Gunnells, age 23, of Deerfield. She was placed under arrest and charged with: Speeding; Failure to Stay in Marked Lanes; Stop Sign Violation; Operating to Endanger; Failure to Stop for Police; Larceny of a Motor Vehicle; Assault & Battery on a Police Officer; Resisting Arrest; Possession of a Class A Substance; Receiving a Stolen Credit Card; and Larceny Over $250. In addition to these charges, there were also two outstanding arrest warrants for Gunnells from prior cases. She will be arraigned in Greenfield District Court on Monday, 3/24/14.