Saturday February 9, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man facing a second drunken driving charge in less than three years is scheduled to be in court next month for a pretrial hearing in his case.

The Pittsfield Police arrested Paul Lennon, 59, a retired Adams police officer, on Jan. 29 following a motor vehicle crash that sent a 29-year-old woman to the hospital with reported neck and back pain. She was released from Berkshire Medical Center the same day, according to a police report.

Lennon allegedly slammed into the back of the woman’s Honda Ridgeline at about 11 a.m. that day as she waited for a light to change at the intersection of Dalton and Hubbard avenues.

Witnesses told police Lennon’s Toyota Tacoma was traveling at a high rate of speed and was partly on the median when he struck the other vehicle.

Police said Lennon smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, had trouble walking and failed a field sobriety test. There were allegedly empty beer cans and a half-filled bottle of vodka in his truck.

Lennon was previously convicted of drunken driving in June 2010, according to the report.

He was in court Thursday for a civil commitment hearing. The Eagle was told the proceedings were not open to the public and the results of that hearing are not available. Lennon’s attorney, Leonard H. Cohen, had no comment about the case.


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In Massachusetts, the law permits the courts to involuntarily commit someone for up to 90 days if their alcohol or drug use is deemed to put themselves or others at risk.

Lennon is expected back in court on March 12.

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