Bristol police nab suspect wanted for ditching court after escaping from police cruiser

Published on Friday, 6 July 2018 22:15


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

David Hughes, 31, of Kelley Street, was apprehended following a foot chase and managed to escape from the back of a police cruiser, police said. He was then apprehended again after another foot chase and charged with interfering with police, escape from custody and two counts of first-degree failure to appear.
Hughes, police said, was spotted by a detective at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, in the area of 43 Main St., Mafale's Center Downtown plaza. The foot pursuit began after the detective requested a uniformed patrol officer respond. 
Hughes is being held on $1.1 million bond and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court. He was wanted after leaving court Friday morning, when he was answering to charges connected to a drug raid at his Kelley Street apartment on June 16 that turned up a total of 97 bags of heroin, according to police. 
While in court, a state prosecutor recognized Hughes as the same person who had already pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted assault on a police officer in connection with a police chase in Plymouth in November, when he allegedly hit four vehicles trying to escape, including two police cruisers.
The prosecutor then told Hughes not to leave while he verified he was the same person and instructed a judicial marshal that he was not 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 of the door before a judge ordered that he be re-arrested once he was found. 

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 6 July 2018 22:15. Updated: Friday, 6 July 2018 22:18.