High-speed chase ends with car thief suspect hospitalized after West Stockbridge crash

Posted Monday, March 6, 2017 5:54 pm

STOCKBRIDGE — A New York man is facing charges for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through Stockbridge and West Stockbridge early Sunday before crashing.

Vincent E. Palermo, 22, of Hudson, is accused of driving to endanger and failure to stop for police as well as incurring several traffic violations, according to Stockbridge Police Chief Darrell G. Fennelly, who said more charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Officers tried to pull over Palermo’s Chevy pickup about 9:47 a.m. in the area of West Main Street in Stockbridge, Fennelly said, but Palermo sped up in an apparent attempt to evade police.

A pursuit ensued though back roads toward West Stockbridge, where that town’s police assisted in the chase, Fennelley said, until it was called off due to excessive speed.

Palermo’s car eventually crashed in the vicinity of Great Barrington Road, and West Stockbridge firefighters were called in to extricate him about 11:41 a.m.

Once out of the vehicle, Palermo was transported to Berkshire Medical Center. His injuries did not appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

He will be summonsed to Southern Berkshire District Court at a later date.

The investigation is being conducted by Stockbridge Police Officer Kirk Nichols is ongoing, said Fennelly. He said police were also investigating whether the trailer attached to Palermo’s vehicle was stolen.

No date for Palermo’s anticipated arraignment was available Monday afternoon.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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