Wednesday April 24, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 52-year-old man police allege swiped a nip of bourbon while he was being booked for his third drunken driving offense will be serving 21 months in jail after pleading guilty to several charges.

Kevin Scace, of Fenn Street, admitted on Monday to third offense drunken driving and to a probation violation. Judge Paul M. Vrabel sentenced him to the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Scace was arrested by Massachusetts State Police at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday after a traffic stop on North Street. Police say he was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and failed a series of field sobriety tests.

While Scace was being booked at the state police barracks in Cheshire, he was handcuffed to the wall. When a trooper left the room to retrieve paperwork and returned, he found Scace slugging back a small bottle of Jim Beam -- one of two that police had confiscated from him. Scace apparently had retrieved the alcohol from a nearby box holding his belongings, according to a probable cause report.

Scace smiled at the trooper and told him he needed a drink to quell his "anxiety," said police.

His two previous convictions for drunken driving were in 1980 in Pittsfield and 1982 in New Lebanon, N.Y. He still has an open drunken driving case in Indiana from 2008 and is wanted on a warrant there, according to police and prosecutors.

On Monday, Scace also had his probation revoked on an earlier case from last August.


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Scace admitted he punched a woman in the head and then scuffled with police before being Tased into submission. He was serving a year of probation when he was arrested on the new charges.

He was represented by attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr.

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