Adams man faces fifth drunken driving charges after allegedly striking car, fleeing


NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is facing a fifth drunken driving charge after he allegedly crashed into a parked car on Friday and drove away.

David A. White, 53, of Mill Street, was observed swiping a parked car on Enterprise Street in Adams, according to police. White drove away, but the witness, who had allegedly been drinking with White, knocked on the resident's front door and told her who had hit her car.

The woman called police, who tracked White down to his Mill Street driveway, where he was allegedly still in the vehicle.

When confronted by police, White allegedly had slurred speech but denied striking another vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams Police Sgt. Matthew Wright. White also denied drinking any alcohol but officers spotted an empty container of Budweiser in the center console, according to Wright.

Another officer noted that there was a beer can in White's pocket and another on the passenger seat, the police report states.

White was so unsteady on his feet that they could not perform field sobriety tests, police said.

White refused to take a blood alcohol test and was uncooperative during the booking process, police allege.

While in his cell, White allegedly acknowledged the accident but said it wasn't alcohol that caused it. He declined to elaborate further, according to the police report.

White pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of operating under the influence, fifth offense, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and a miscellaneous municipal bylaw violation. He is next scheduled to appear in court on April 22 for a pretrial hearing.

White's bail on an open case, in which he faces three counts of violating an abuse prevention order, was revoked. He is scheduled for a bail review hearing on July 22.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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