NORTH ADAMS — A 26-year-old Davenport Street man has been charged with drunken driving after he backed into two pedestrians near a Union Street bar early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Four friends told police that they were drinking at the Crystal Hard Hat when they heard a car honking its horn shortly after midnight. When they went outside to check on the driver — later identified as Steve Whitney — in a nearby parking lot, he shot into reverse and struck two pedestrians, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Trevor Manning.

As Whitney reversed, his white SUV rolled over the legs of one victim, who was later transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, according to the report.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle on a snowbank and the victim laying on the ground, the report states. Victims told officers that the driver had fled the scene.

Whitney was later arrested and showed signs of intoxication, including glassy eyes and slurred speech, police said. His license to operate a vehicle was also suspended, according to the report.

Whitney pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and two counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was released on personal recognizance and scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 2 by Judge Paul Vrabel.


Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376