Darryl Whitaker, 54, of Chicopee, was arraigned at Baystate Health in Springfield, this afternoon, Thursday, July 13, on charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, marked lane and speeding violations in connection with a July 12 crash on Interstate 91 in Northampton.
Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
Police say Whitaker fled at high speeds and collided with another vehicle at around 2:40 a.m., after officers attempted to stop him for prior warrants and motor vehicle violations. Police removed Whitaker, who sustained serious injuries, from his car after it burst into flames with him inside.
Whitaker is due back in Northampton District Court for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 9.