PITTSFIELD -- A Chicopee man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to third offense drunk driving charges in Dalton -- 22 years after the alleged crime was committed.
Angel Ferrer was pulled over for speeding on North Street in Dalton on May 6, 1991, with four adults and five children in his vehicle, according to a Dalton Police report. Ferrer was determined to be drunk after he failed a series of sobriety tests. His breath alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, police said at the time.
Ferrer, who had allegedly given police his brother’s license, eventually admitted who he was. Police said Ferrer wasn’t supposed to be driving since his license was revoked for drunken driving. And he was still on probation for another drunken driving charge from a year before.
He was supposed to show up for court two days after his arrest, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, but he fled and hadn’t been heard from in more than 20 years.
Ferrer, now 52, resurfaced in Chicopee on Dec. 1, when he was arrested for allegedly attacking his daughter during a domestic dispute and police determined there was an outstanding warrant for him in Berkshire County.
He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to third offense drunken driving, speeding, driving with a revoked license and giving the police a false name. Attorney Marc C. Vincelette Sr., representing Ferrer on bail issues, told the court the man had been living in Chicopee with his wife of more than 20 years. The lawyer said Ferrer suffered from a variety of medical problems including memory loss, which he said was one possible reason Ferrer never dealt with the drunken driving charges.
According to the DA’s Office, this is Ferrer’s fourth offense drunken driving charge. Prosecutors may amend the complaint from third to fourth offense drunken driving.
The Probation Department requested Ferrer be held without bail pending a final probation violation hearing. They allege he violated his probation by fleeing the area and racking up more criminal charges, including the drunken driving and the domestic assault and battery.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Ferrer held without bail on the probation matter and set bail on the 1991 drunken driving case at $2,500.
He is due back in court Jan. 15 and is being represented by Springfield-based attorney Daniel M. Kelly.
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