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Wareham man charged with drug distribution

For 45 minutes, William Byrd led authorities on a low-speed car chase through three towns in the Cape Cod area on Wednesday night before officers finally subdued and tasered him in a hospital emergency room, police said.

The 34-year-old Wareham resident was arraigned in ­Falmouth District Court Thursday on drug trafficking charges after a seven-month investigation into his alleged heroin distribution ring, Bourne police Lieutenant Richard Silvestro said. A not-guilty plea was ­entered on Byrd’s behalf and he was held on $50,000 cash bail, according to court documents.

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Byrd is accused of selling narcotics to undercover officers and refusing to stop for police when they tried to pull him over in Bourne around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Silvestro said.

Tire-popping strips forced him to stop and flee the car, and police caught up to him at ­Tobey Hospital, Silvestro said.

Bourne police charged Byrd with distribution and possession of a Class A substance, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act, and failure to stop for a police officer.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com.
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