NORTH ADAMS — A Pittsfield man is facing charges that he was under the influence of drugs this weekend when he who drove into a parked car and a streetlight.
Lloyd Vanderbaugh Jr., 29, of McArthur Street, was seen driving a white Ford Ranger pickup erratically about 5 p.m. Saturday as he turned from Main Street onto Marshall Street, before striking a vehicle near the Brewhaha cafe, according to a report filed by North Adams Police Officer Albert Zoito
A bystander tried to prevent Vanderbaugh from driving away — the truck lost a wheel in the collision — but he backed away and drove on, striking a streetlight about one-tenth of a mile away, witnesses said.
Vanderbaugh allegedly told police he was unaware that he had struck the vehicle and continued driving. His blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit, but Vanderbaugh appeared close to falling over, the report states.
He admitted to taking four sleeping pills that are not prescribed to him about an hour prior to driving the vehicle, police said.
A passenger in the truck, who also is its owner, was injured in the crash and was transported for medical treatment by North Adams Ambulance Service. The nature of the injuries was unclear.
Vanderbaugh pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of property damage. He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Paul Vrabel.
He is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on April 4.