Clarksburg man faces OUI charge in bike crash that seriously injured passenger


NORTH ADAMS — A Clarksburg man was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his motorcycle in September, leaving his passenger with serious injuries.

William Valotta, 25, of North Houghton Street, had a "very strong" odor of alcohol on his breath when police found him with his leg pinned beneath his motorcycle on East Main Street in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Ivan Cardeno.

His passenger was laying in the roadway and was later taken to Bay State Medical Center, where she was treated for a brain hemorrhage and was forced to undergo several procedures, according to police. Valotta was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for his injuries. He told responders he believed he had broken his collar bone.

North Adams Ambulance Service personnel later claimed that Valotta "was bragging in the ambulance that the police would not be able to pin it on him that he had been drinking," according to the police report.

The criminal complaint does not indicate whether Valotta was given a breath test; court documents indicate that prosecutors have requested his medical records.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of operating under the influence resulting in serious injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and two counts of a learner's permit violation. He was released on personal recognizance.

The arraignment had originally been scheduled for Dec. 18, but Valotta failed to appear. His next court appearance, a pretrial hearing, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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