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PITTSFIELD — Police resorted to pepper spray and a "spit hood," while arresting a Dalton man on suspicion of driving drunk with a 4-year-old child in the vehicle.

Matthew D. Trombley, 35, was uncooperative while being taken into custody after his vehicle went off the road about 1:45 p.m. Friday and ended up on a section of Pittsfield Country Club, police said.

While police were interviewing a witness, Trombley re-entered his car, started it and put it into gear, before police told him to stop the car and hand over the keys.

It was then police noticed the child in the back seat.

Trombley didn't provide an answer to police about why his vehicle went on to the course and told officers he'd had "a couple," of drinks before getting behind the wheel.

When police asked if he though he should be driving, Trombley allegedly answered, "no," and refused a series of field sobriety tests as well as a breath test.

Trombley appeared to attempt to re-enter the car while police were speaking to him, prompting them to place him under arrest.

Police said Trombley was showing signs of intoxication including glassy and bloodshot eyes, "slow and methodical," speech and a strong odor of alcohol.

During an inventory of Trombley's car, a bag on the center console containing several "nip" sized bottles of root-beer-flavored liquor, some of which were empty.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and took custody of the child, according to police.


An adult passenger in the car, who also appeared intoxicated, was placed in the back of a police cruiser, where she passed out, according to police. She was taken to the hospital.

Trombley allegedly became uncooperative with police while en route to the station for booking.

Police said Trombley began making statements like, "I know there is a conspiracy. I know that you want to kill me," and spitting on the partition between the front and rear seats of the cruiser, according to a report by Pittsfield Patrol Officer Sean Klink.

He began "smashing" his head on the partition, prompting Klink to roll down the rear window of the cruiser and deploy pepper spray.

"Trombley immediately stopped his harmful activity towards himself," according to the report.

Police said they resorted to placing the hood over Trombley's head to prevent him from continuing to spit upon officers.

He was also allegedly uncooperative during booking, police said.

Trombley pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Judge William Rota released him on his own recognizance and set a pretrial hearing for Nov. 17.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.