Suspect in multi-town chase held on $50k bail
WAREHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- The driver allegedly behind a wild chase that went from Cape Cod to the South Shore and back was held on $50,000 bail Thursday afternoon.
William Byrd, a father of six, pleaded not guilty to drug and motor vehicle charges. The 34 year old is accused of leading police on a 20-mile chase that started in Bourne, wound its way through Plymouth, and ended in Wareham, inside the emergency room at Tobey Hospital.
“A…unmarked cruiser attempted to block the defendant in a stationary position in the vicinity of Main [Avenue] and the Stone Bridge. The officer…observed the defendant, Mr. Byrd, hit that police cruiser,” said prosecutor Daniel Higgins.
During the chase, Byrd was seen throwing money out the window of his car. Wareham police used stop sticks to flatten two of his tires. Byrd kept driving before running into the emergency room.
“He’s afraid the police are going to beat him because he tells me that has happened to him before and it makes sense, he ends up in the hospital parking lot, because he felt if he could get into the hospital, that won’t happen to him. Well it did happen to him because they tazed him,” said defense attorney Robert Nolan.
Police said they recovered the money he tossed out the window. Officials said Byrd was also carrying $10,000 in his pocket.
Police said Byrd is a drug dealer.
“Father of six children,” said Elizabeth Jones, the suspect’s mother. “Yes he does [have a drug problem]. He’s a stealer, like everybody is.”
“I’m concerned. He’s 34 years old, I can’t tell him what to do,” said William Byrd Sr.
Byrd could face additional federal charges as the investigation continues.