BRISTOL - A city man arrested last week after running from officers twice in the same day is exposed to as many as 10 years in prison.
David Hughes, 31, of Kelley Street, was wanted for failing to appear in court last Friday in connection with a drug bust and a Plymouth police chase. Officials in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday said he could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison, as he previously pleaded guilty in connection with the police chase.
While out on bond, Hughes was arrested in connection with a drug bust and then ditched court last Friday after a prosecutor realized he was the same person. He was then found that day after he was spotted by a detective at about 4:30 p.m., 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 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, who is being held on $1 million bond, is represented by an attorney in some of his cases, but not all of them. Prosecutors have given him until Aug. 3. to get representation in all of his cases. Otherwise, he is expected to be sentenced that day - when he faces as many as 10 years behind bars.
Hughes faces 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. He also has 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.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.