Friday May 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man who was run over by an SUV during a June 2010 melee was arrested just hours after a jury acquitted the driver of at tempted murder charges.

Pittsfield Police say they had to twice use a Taser to subdue an "enraged" Larry Beamon after he refused to put down a large, sheathed knife. Auth orities said he was angry about the verdict and was on his way to seek revenge upon Jerry Davis, the SUV driver, who was found not guilty on Wednesday in Berkshire Su perior Court.

"Just let me go down the street and take care of business," Beamon allegedly told police officers before he was taken into custory.

On Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court, Bea mon pleaded not guilty to a felony count of carrying a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was released on personal recognizance. Judge Michael J. Ripps set a July 10 pretrial hearing in the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, Beamon, 33, of Daniels Avenue, Pittsfield, was arrested near Dairy Cone on Tyler Street. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for observation because he complained of shortness of breath and had a heart condition. He has a torn aorta, a wound suffered in the June 10, 2010, incident. He was later released from the hospital and then booked by police.

On Wednesday, 30-year-old Davis was found not guilty of three felony charges by a Berkshire Superior Court jury following a six-day trial. That Davis ran Beamon over and also hit Beamon’s mother with an SUV as he fled the June 2010 melee was not at issue.


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The case revolved around whether Davis had intended to harm them.

Davis said the SUV was surrounded by between 15 and 20 people, he was scared and was trying to get his friend, who had been beaten, to the hospital. Prosecutors contended Davis was angry at Beamon, who had smashed the vehicle’s windshield with a baseball bat and had been fighting with Davis’ friend.

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