NORTH ADAMS >> A Savoy man is free on bail after pleading not guilty on Monday to a third drunk driving charge.
Sean Powers, 41, of Main Road, allegedly struck a parked car at the corner of Anthony and North Summer streets on Friday night and drove off, leaving behind his bumper.
The owners of the vehicle that was struck informed police that they had picked up a license plate left behind in the accident, and that the vehicle in question was a Toyota Highlander, according to a criminal complaint filed in Northern Berkshire District Court by Adams Police Officer Michael Wandrei.
A fellow officer traced the vehicle to Powers who, based on previous calls, would likely be found at a Miller Street residence. When they arrived, officers found a blue Highlander in the driveway that was missing a bumper and license plate.
Powers allegedly told police that he had been at the Mountain Club, a private bar on Anthony Street less than 200 feet away from where the accident occurred. He told police that he believed he had struck a guardrail, but did not remember hitting a parked car, and continued driving because he did not think it "was a big deal," according to the police report.
The damage to the victim's vehicle was estimated to be in excess of $1,000, according to police.
After two field sobriety tests, Powers was determined to be impaired and placed under arrest. He refused to undergo breath test.
Powers pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to single counts of operating under the influence, third offense, and leaving the scene of property damage.
Judge Paul H. Smyth set bail at $7,500 cash which was posted. He is scheduled to return Nov. 28 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376