Tuesday June 19, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 48-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Monday to his fifth drunken driving charge following his arrest early Saturday when he allegedly almost collided with a car on his way to try and purchase more alcohol.

At his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court, Daniel R. Frazier of Pittsfield was released on $500 bail and ordered not to drive by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg. His license has been confiscated and destroyed by police.

On Saturday morning just before 5:45, Frazier nearly broadsided a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Debra Phillips as he turned onto Wahconah Street from Seymour Street, according to law enforcement officials.

Phillips, after seeing Frazier's car on North Street, followed him to the North Street A-Mart and called police.

According to a Pittsfield Police, Frazier was arrested after he walked out of the A-Mart and got into his car following an unsuccessful attempt to purchase alcohol.

When an officer approached Frazier's car, he saw blood dripping down Frazier's face from a cut on his forehead and noticed damage to the car's front end, including a flat tire, according to a report. When asked about the damage, Frazier allegedly said he had side-swiped a neighbor's car as he left his home on Robbins Avenue.

According to police, Frazier said he cut his head on some broken glass after someone broke into his house, that he had two beers "that afternoon," was "OK to drive," and believed it was about 10:30 a.


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m., or approximately five hours later than it actually was.

Frazier failed three out of four sobriety tests, had trouble standing, and showed other signs of intoxication, said police.

Police say there were no cars with damage near Frazier's residence and are still looking for what Frazier hit. More charges are likely, the report stated.

Frazier has four drunken driving convictions stemming from cases in 1986, 1988, 1993 and 1996, court records show.

Frazier is represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg and is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 7.