Failure-to-appear suspect attempts to disappear twice

Published on Monday, 9 July 2018 21:32


BRISTOL - Police arrested a Bristol man, wanted for failing to appear in connection with a drug bust and a Plymouth police chase, after he ran from them twice on Friday afternoon.

David Hughes, 31, of Kelley Street, was first caught after a foot chase and managed to escape from the back of a police cruiser, police said.

Officers ran after him again, caught him again, and charged him with interfering with police, escape from custody and two counts of first-degree failure to appear.

Police said Hughes was seen by a detective at about 4:30 p.m. in the area of 43 Main St. The first chase began after the detective requested that a uniformed patrol officer respond. 

 Hughes is being held on $1.1 million bond and was expected to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.

He was wanted after leaving court Friday morning, where he was answering to charges connected to a drug raid at his Kelley Street apartment on June 16 that turned up 97 bags of heroin, according to police. 

 While in court, a state prosecutor recognized Hughes as the same man who had pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted assault on a police officer in connection with a November 2017 police chase in Plymouth, during which he allegedly hit four vehicles trying to escape, including two police cruisers.

The prosecutor to told Hughes not to leave while he verified that he was the same person and told a judicial marshal that he was not to be allowed to leave the building, as the narcotics arrest last month would have qualified as a violation of his plea agreement while he awaited sentencing.

Hughes, court officials said, then ran out the door. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 9 July 2018 21:32. Updated: Monday, 9 July 2018 21:35.