Tuesday May 22, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man accused of intentionally running someone down with his car over the weekend pleaded not guilty to a pair of charges on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court and was released on $1,000 bail.

Matthew W. White, 20, of Dexter Street, drove his car "at a high rate of speed" at Max Bohan, hitting him before driving off, according to Pittsfield Police.

Bohan, 21, said he heard the car behind him, turned around and only had time to jump into the air before a Nissan Altima was upon him. Bohan's knee smashed the passenger's side of the car's windshield before he rolled off and lay on the ground as White sped off, a probable cause report states.

The alleged attack took place in a parking lot near Fenn and Second streets at about 11:20 a.m. on Saturday.

Two witnesses allegedly saw the incident and told police the car would likely have seriously injured or killed Bohan if he hadn't reacted in time. Bohan only suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment, according to the report.

Bohan told police he and White had an "ongoing dispute" that began over the alleged stabbing back in February of Bohan's friend by White's then-girlfriend.

According to the report, just before the assault, White drove by Bohan and made a gesture with his hand as if to shoot him. When Bohan and a friend were crossing a parking lot near the city's Registry of Motor Vehicles, White drove up and began to argue with Bohan, telling him he wanted to fight. Bohan agreed, but said he preferred to do it at the back of the parking lot. It was then that White allegedly drove his car into Bohan.

Police arrested White a short time afterward.

On Monday, White appeared with attorney Joshua C. Hochberg and pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident before Judge Rita S. Koenigs, who gave him $1,000 bail and told him to stay away from Bohan.

White is scheduled to be back in court July 17.

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