Saturday July 6, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- An alleged argument between a pedestrian and a speeding driver ended with a 31-year-old city man facing felony drug charges to which he pleaded not guilty on Friday.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Timothy J. Herring of Lakewood Circle denied two charges of possession of a class B substance with the intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and was released by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on $200 bail that he had previously posted.

On Thursday at about 1:30 p.m., Pittsfield Police responded to the area of East and 4th streets for a call concerning threats being made. A man told them that he was nearly run down while attempting to cross the road and yelled at the driver to "slow down."

The man said the driver told him to "watch yourself" and then "flashed" what the man believed was a silver handgun, according to a police report.

Officers didn’t turn up a gun, but say they did find cocaine and Oxycodone with a street value of $2,300 along with about $3,500 in cash on Herring when they pulled him over a short time later. The traffic stop was based on Herring’s vehicle matching the description given in the earlier incident.

Police allegedly found about 11 1/2 grams of cocaine and 34 Oxycodone pills on Herring.

According to police and prosecutors, Herring has two previous drug convictions from 2004 and 2007 on charges of possession of a class D substance with the intent to distribute.

He is represented by attorney Michelle Mechta and is scheduled to be back in court in August, but the case is likely to go to the grand jury.

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