Tuesday January 8, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man arrested outside Taconic High School on Friday afternoon following a high-speed chase with police had his right to bail revoked at his arraignment Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Eyzaiya D. Moody, 29, of Stratford Avenue, pleaded not guilty to 10 charges related to Friday's incident, but had his right to bail revoked on breaking and entering and assault charges that had been filed against him in June.

Those charges were contained in three outstanding warrants that police had filed against Moody for incidents that occurred in June and August.

Besides revoking Moody's right to bail on Monday, District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg set bail for Moody at $25,000 cash on his most recent charges. A pre-trial hearing to discuss all of Moody's charges is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Noting that Moody has seven defaults on his criminal record, Assistant District Attorney Megan Tesoniero had asked the court to set bail for Moody at $50,000 to assure his appearance in court. By law, Moody's right to bail can only be revoked for 60 days.

Tesoniero said Moody has numerous drug and firearms offenses on his criminal record. He also received a five- to seven-year state prison sentence in 2005 for his part in a drive-by shooting on Bradford Street.

"The defendant's release would seriously endanger the community," Tesoniero said.

Noting that Moody had grown up in Pittsfield, has several family ties to this area, and obtained a barber's license, his court-appointed attorney, Robert Sullivan of Pittsfield, asked the court to set bail at $2,500 cash or surety bond along with conditions for his release.

Sullivan said Friday incident's was triggered after Moody panicked when a man with a gun knocked on the driver's side window of the Ford Explorer he was driving after he had stopped for a traffic light at the corner of Pecks Road and Highland Avenue.

"There was no indication that he was a law enforcement officer," Sullivan said. "[Moody's] instinct was to flee from the situation."

According to the police report, the officer who approached the driver's side of the Explorer was wearing a ballistics vest marked with the word "police," while a second officer who approached the driver's side of the vehicle had his police badge displayed across his chest.

On Friday, Moody was charged with assault and battery by means of a motor vehicle, assault and battery on a police officer, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), failure to stop, failure to stop for a police officer, distribution of cocaine (subsequent offense), a school zone violation, a lights violation, and speeding.

According to Tesoniero, police had been looking for Moody on outstanding warrants when they saw him leave a residence on Robbins Avenue on Friday afternoon.

They followed his Explorer until it stopped for the traffic light at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Pecks Road. When two officers approached the Explorer at the stop light, Tesoniero said Moody put the vehicle in reverse, and backed over a curb twice striking State Trooper John Stec in the process.

Moody then drove up Valentine Road into Taconic High School where officers nabbed him following a short chase. He was found to be in possession of 5.6 grams of cocaine worth a street value of $550 while being booked at the police station, according to the police report.

In June, Moody allegedly entered a Newell Street residence through an open door then assaulted a woman whom he had recently broken up with, punching her in the face twice with a clenched fist, Tesoniero said.

Sullivan said he believed there had been some sort of "recantation" in regards to the June charges, and asked the court to take that into consideration when considering bail.