Springfield Man Facing Kidnapping, Assault Charges after Chase
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A city man is facing a long list of charges after leading police on a chase early Friday morning.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 5:00 a.m. Friday, officers were on patrol when they saw a red Dodge Caliber speeding down Avon Place towards Maple Street, failing to stop for a stop sign, then continue speeding down Maple Street onto Union Street.
The officers, who had to swerve out of the way of the car, turned around and followed the vehicle. As they got closer, they could see a woman in the passenger seat waving her arms.
Delaney adds that the officers turned on their lights to try and pull over the car, and the car first came to a brief stop near Stockbridge Court.
At that point, officers saw a 35-year-old woman open the passenger’s side door and try to get out, but she was being held back by the car’s driver, identified by police as 35-year-old Tregg Barney.
Barney then allegedly grabbed harder and forced her back into the car, which had begun moving again and was heading east on Stockbridge Court to Willow Street, says Delaney.
The passenger side door stayed open as the car was in motion and officers could see that the woman was still making attempts to get out of the car and away from Barney.
Finally, Delaney notes that the car tried to make a turn onto College Street when Barney lost control of the car and crashed through a chain link fence.
Barney took off on foot, but after a brief foot chase, police were able tackle him to the ground on State Street.
Delaney says that the woman told officers that she thought Barney was not going to let her go and was going to kill her. She was treated and released from Baystate Medical Center after suffering a leg injury.
Officers also discovered that the car Barney was driving had been reported stolen in Springfield, and crack cocaine was located inside the vehicle.
Barney is facing charges including kidnapping, assault and battery, possession of a Class B substance, and several motor vehicle violations. He also has seven outstanding warrants.
Barney pleaded not guilty and he is being held dangerousness hearing next week.