Eric Francis Photo Corey Betit, 23, of Springfield was captured late Sunday afternoon after leading police on a two-hour foot chase around Wall, Main, and Summer Streets.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Police said a drug suspect broke curfew and led officers on a two-hour foot chase around downtown Springfield before he was caught Sunday.
Corey Betit, 23, of Springfield recently pleaded guilty to three criminal charges and was awaiting a plea deal to resolve his remaining cases, including one alleging he sold heroin to a police informant during the “Operation Precision Valley” sting earlier this year.
Monday in White River Junction criminal court, he pleaded innocent to three misdemeanor counts of violating conditions of release. When Judge Karen Carroll set bail at $10,000, he fell back in his chair and shook his head.
Springfield Police Detective William Daniels said the latest incident began Sunday when he pulled a car over on Wall Street for failing to signal a turn. One of the passengers got out, pulled a black hoodie over his head and ran down the nearby embankment toward Main Street, Daniels said.
The other occupants of the car identified Betit was the one who’d run off. Police from across the region converged on the Springfield area and began checking nearby streets.
A resident on Summer Street called dispatchers and said an unknown male was banging on people’s back doors.
Several officers had already started walking up Summer Street, police said, when Springfield Police Officer Jeremy Fitzgibbons heard dogs barking on nearby Derby Avenue and headed over to look.
Fitzgibbons spotted a figure on a porch in a black hoodie, lost sight of him briefly, and then saw a car pull out of a driveway. Betit was in the passenger seat with the seat reclined as he tried to stay out of sight, police said.
Betit was ordered out of the car and taken into custody, Fitzgibbons said.
The driver of the car told police he didn’t know Betit but agreed to give him a ride after Betit knocked on his door saying he was willing to pay $40 to get away from “some people who were coming after him.”
Police said when they searched Betit they found two pocket knives. “Corey said that just prior to the (car being stopped) he inhaled bath salts and then while running he ingested two Percocets,” Daniels wrote in his report.
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