3rd OUI charge for NY man accused in Lee hit-and-run


PITTSFIELD — A New York man with two prior OUI convictions was allegedly drunk behind the wheel on Saturday — with his ex-wife and 8-year-old son in the back — and a pile of car parts in front.

Steven Jarvis, 49, of Amenia, is being held in connection with a hit-and-run accident and subsequent traffic stop in South Berkshire.

Lee Police sent out a bulletin about 3:06 p.m. that a vehicle had just left the scene of a collision and the driver's sobriety was in question.

Great Barrington Police pulled over Jarvis after noticing his vehicle matched the description given in the bulletin. His ex-wife told police he'd been in a crash and she thought he may be intoxicated.

Jarvis told police the crash in Lee was due to a sharp curve in the road and the car parts on the front passenger seat were recovered after the crash. It was not clear what Jarvis allegedly struck in Lee.

Police also noted damage to the front of the vehicle which was consistent with having been in a collision.

Jarvis was given a series of field sobriety test and a pair of breath tests.

The first test returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11; a second test performed at the police station about returned a result of 0.10. The legal BAC limit to drive in Massachusetts is 0.08.

Jarvis told police he has an open OUI case in New York, which restricts his driving to school or work, but he admitted his trip Saturday did not fall into either of those categories, leading to an additional charge.

Jarvis entered not guilty pleas in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (third offense), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor with a child under 14 in the vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Judge Michele Ouimet-Rooke ordered him to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for Thursday.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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