GREAT BARRINGTON -- A 23-year-old Great Barrington man is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a car crash in the town on Saturday night.

First responders stabilized victim Ryan Hassett, of Park Street, and transported him via ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center after he crashed his sedan into a bridge abutment on Division Street. Hassett was listed in stable condition at the hospital on Sunday morning.

Great Barrington police arrested Hassett's father, Timothy, at the scene of the crash. Timothy, 54, also of Park Street, allegedly drove his car there while intoxicated, according to police. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, a misdemeanor.The elder Hassett is a former member of the Great Barrington Police Department.

At roughly 9 p.m., the town police and fire departments, Sheffield Police Department and Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad responded to Division Street.

Great Barrington Police Sgt. William Bartini said Ryan Hassett was driving a Chrysler 300 along the street when he struck the abutment of the bridge that crosses the Williams River.

At 11 p.m. on Saturday, the section of Division Street spanning between Christian Hill and North Plain roads was closed while police continued to investigate the cause of the accident.

Timothy Hassett was released on bail.

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