Police led on chase through several towns before capturing man in Wareham on drug charges
For 45 minutes, William Byrd led authorities Wednesday night on a low-speed car chase through four towns near Cape Cod before officers caught up to him in a hospital and tasered him, police said.
The 34-year-old Buzzards Bay resident will be arraigned in Falmouth District Court today on drug trafficking charges after a seven month investigation into his alleged heroin distribution ring, Bourne police Lieutenant Richard Silvestro said.
Byrd, who was sentenced to five years in prison for drug trafficking in 2001, allegedly sold narcotics to undercover officers and refused to stop for police when they tried to pull him over on Main Street in Buzzards Bay around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Silvestro said.
Instead of fleeing at high speeds, Byrd drove under the speed limit through Buzzards Bay, Bourne, Plymouth, and Wareham. In Plymouth, he threw $,1660 in marked police bills out of the window of his rental car while police ordered him to stop the vehicle, Silvestro said.
“He didn’t speed off, he just kind of kept on going,” he said. “He was taking all these little back roads and bizarre dirt roads.”
Silvestro said that Byrd avoided three tire-popping traps authorities set to stop him, but the fourth trap disabled his car and forced him to stop.
With shredded tires, Byrd rolled into the parking lot of Tobey Hospital in Wareham and ran into the hospital’s emergency room, where police tackled him, Silvestro said.
Byrd fought and swore at the officers, who tasered him and took him into custody, Silvestro said.
Bourne police are charging Byrd with distribution and possession of a Class A substance, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act, and failure to stop for a police officer. He may face more charges from State Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Silvestro said.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.