Saturday May 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Dalton man pleaded not guilty to third offense drunken driving on Friday following an alleged early morning car chase with city police. He is being held on $1,000 bail.

Pittsfield Police said Kevin O’Brien, 45, of Main Street, was speeding down East Street going between 60 and 70 mph at about 4:30 Friday morning and refused to stop for police when they attempted to pull him over.

O’Brien drove into the parking lot of Freadman Steel, 1625 East St., in an attempt to elude police and eventually crashed after attempting to drive through a gap between a guardrail and a fence, police said.

The responding police officer reported that he could smell alcohol emanating from O’Brien when he approached the car. When asked by the officer how much he had to drink that night, O’Brien allegedly answered "way too much." He failed several sobriety tests as well, according to a police report.

On Friday in Central Berkshire District Court, O’Brien denied charges of third offense drunken driving, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered he be held at the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction in lieu of $1,000 cash or bail bond.

Police said O’Brien has two prior drunken driving convictions, the first in 1986 in Massachusetts, followed by another in Florida in 1992.

A third offense OUI conviction carries a minimum mandatory 150-day jail sentence.


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O’Brien is represented by attorney Thomas M. Sherman Jr. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 22.