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Chicopee police: Man broke into soda machines, fled from officers

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Michael Marshall (Photo from Chicopee police) Michael Marshall (Photo from Chicopee police)
Chicopee K-9 Pako (Photo from Chicopee police) Chicopee K-9 Pako (Photo from Chicopee police)

An Athol man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly broke into soda machines then fled from police.

Chicopee police officer Michael Wilk says that around 3:25 a.m. Monday, officers were called to Stop and Shop on Memorial Drive for a report of someone breaking into soda machines.

As police arrived, a vehicle was seeing leaving the parking lot. Officers tried to stop that vehicle, but the suspect reportedly fled at a high rate of speed.

"While fleeing, the operator, going north, crossed over into the southbound lane of Memorial Drive, trying to evade police, cutting through the Pines Motel parking lot. The party ended up crashing at Memorial Drive and Irene Street," Wilk adds.

The suspect then took off on foot towards the Debra Drive apartments. Police gave chase and one officer released his K-9, Pako, in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Pako was able to stop the suspect a short time later and officers arrested 40-year-old Michael Marshall of Athol.

Marshall is facing a long list of charges including two counts of malicious damage of property over $250, failure to stop for police, speeding, operating after license revoked (subsequent offense), resisting arrest and other charges. Wilk notes that he is also being charged with damaging a soda machine at the Pines Motel on Memorial Drive.

Marshall is currently being held at the Chicopee police lockup.

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