Thursday December 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A South County man who allegedly attacked his father and led police on a brief foot chase on Christmas Eve is being held on $5,000 surety bail after pleading not guilty to felony assault and battery and resisting arrest.

On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Brian Tranter Jr., 28, of Southfield held in connection with the alleged Dec. 24 assault and battery on the defendant’s 65-year-old father at the family home on Canaan Southfield Road in the town of New Marlborough.

According to a Massachusetts State Police probable cause report, just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Tranter pushed his father to the ground after the elder man accused his son of drinking his mother’s wine.

"You’re not what you used to be, old man," Tranter allegedly told his father as he stood over him. The father, who is disabled due to a back injury, didn’t require medical care, according to the report. He filed an emergency restraining order against Tranter, police said.

According to the report, Tranter had already left the home when police arrived. Police were called back to the residence a short time later after receiving information he had returned. They found him hiding underneath blankets in the loft of the home’s garage. Tranter then led troopers on a brief foot chase before he was taken into custody.

He was charged with felony assault and battery on a person over the age of 60 and resisting arrest.

According to Tranter’s attorney, Tranter didn’t think he was under arrest when he fled from police.

On Wednesday, the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office was asking for $1,500 bail due to the defendant’s record, which includes arrests for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and operating a motor vehicle to endanger, according to Assistant District Attorney Kelly M. Kemp.

Attorney John A. Bernardo asked that his client be released on personal recognizance, telling the court Tranter would show up for all of his court appearances.

Rutberg ordered Tranter held on $500 cash or $5,000 surety bail pending further court action.

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