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Westhampton Man Leads Easthampton Police on Wild Chase

Joshua CliffordEASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Easthampton Police arrested a Westhampton man for driving on the wrong side of the road,  leading them on a chase, and crashing into a pole.

It happened around 6 pm Saturday evening, when police were called about an erratic driver on the wrong side of the road heading towards oncoming traffic on South St.

Police pulled the Pick up truck over, but once Officers got to the door, 37-year-old Joshua Clifford sped off.

Clifford led police on a chase across Main Street, without stopping at a stop sign, and continued on South Street almost causing an accident with two other cars on Main Street.

Clifford blew a stop sign at South and Glendale streets, before trying to make a left turn onto Glendale St. Clifford was going so fast, that he crashed into a telephone pole and sheared it in half.

There was a large flash of light and sparks fall from the primary power lines. The power lines were supporting the pole as it was suspended over the roadway.

The vehicle also damaged a mailbox that was next to the telephone pole.

However, that did not stop Clifford, who continued up Glendale St. at more than 80mph.

Easthampton police stopped the pursuit, and continued to follow Clifford up Loudville Road, where he hit another car, before continuing into Westhampton.

Clifford finally stopped a little while later on North Road.

Clifford was arrested.

He faces a number of charges, including his second  OUI offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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