Wednesday May 2, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Lanesborough man has been charged with third offense drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated following a disturbance early Sunday morning in Pittsfield.

Jeffrey A. King, 50, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charges, as well as disorderly conduct. He was released on personal recognizance pending a May 18 court hearing.

Pittsfield Police said they arrested King just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, after responding to a report of a man banging on a woman's door. When police arrived at the Onota Street residence, King was allegedly pulling out of the driveway in his truck.

Police confronted King and ordered him to stop. He initially refused and when he did, he smelled of alcohol, appeared drunk and was argumentative, according to a police report.

After he was placed in custody, police found a loaded .22-caliber pistol in the center console of the truck, as well as a Berkshire County Sheriff's Department badge, according to a police probable cause report.

King, who used to work for the department, allegedly failed to return the badge after he stopped working there.

Police determined that King had gone to his ex-girlfriend's home that night a few minutes after dropping off his current girlfriend who said he pulled out of the driveway so fast she fell out of the truck, court records indicate. The girlfriend allegedly told police King drank about 15 beers that night.

King's ex-girlfriend said she hadn't been in contact with him in more than two years and called police because she thought someone was trying to break in to her house.