Tuesday August 23, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- A 43-year-old Dalton man crashed into an oncoming car, allegedly spun doughnuts afterward and then challenged the police officer checking his sobriety to a push-up contest, according to police and court records.

Brian J. Lee pleaded not guilty to fourth-offense drunken driving in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday. No one was injured in the collision on Main Street just after midnight Saturday.

Lee also pleaded not guilty on Monday to leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to yield. He was released on $1,000 bail.

Lee, of Pleasant Street, appeared before Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on Monday and will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing Sept. 9.

According to Dalton Police, Lee ran two red lights at an estimated 60 mph and crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta. The driver was not hurt.

Another driver came upon the scene of the accident. He told police that he saw Lee "doing what he thought were donuts in the middle of the road," according to the report. The driver said he pulled his vehicle in front of Lee's, which blocked him.

Dalton Police Officer Geoffrey Powell tried to give Lee a field sobriety test. But Lee, according to the officer's report, didn't comply and instead challenged Powell to a push-up contest. The officer turned the request down.

Lee told police he may have hit the curb, but didn't think he had hit another car.

It was unclear if Lee had an attorney.