NORTH ADAMS >> An Adams man is facing charges for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident.

James Mullen, 25, of Temple Street, was driving south on Park Street on Wednesday in a white Ford when he crossed over the center line and struck a northbound Mercury, causing significant damage to its front end and pushing it into a street pole, police said.

Mullen, who was not injured in the accident, continued to drive nearly a mile before he was stopped by "concerned motorists," according to police.

The driver of the Mercury, which also had a single passenger, complained of back and shoulder pain and was transported to the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, according to a report filed by Adams Police Officer Michael Wandrei.

Mullen initially indicated signs of intoxication during field sobriety testing, and officers discovered seven open "nips" of liquor and an open 750 milliliter bottle of whiskey in his car, according to the report. However, testing revealed that Mullen had no alcohol in his system, so he was not charged with operating under the influence.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of leaving the scene of personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Judge Paul Vrabel set bail at $2,000 cash and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Aug. 19.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376



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