Dalton man faces kidnap charge; allegedly kept woman from exiting truck


PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man is facing a kidnapping charge for allegedly refusing to let a woman out of his truck when she declined his request for sex.

The woman eventually managed to escape by leaping out of the moving vehicle, according to Pittsfield Police.

John Powers, 51, picked up the woman, whom he's known for about a year, while she was walking on Elm Street on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Once inside the vehicle, the woman said Powers asked for sex from her and she refused. She said Powers then locked the doors and held the passenger door shut while driving and insisted she would have sex with him, while speeding up in the truck.

The woman told police Powers smelled of alcohol and continued to drive faster and more erratically while traveling from Elm Street to East Street, then around the Morningside district then back to East Street.

When the vehicle reached Wendell Avenue, the woman was able to unlock and open the passenger side door and jump out — even while Powers sped up the truck.

The woman estimated the truck was traveling between 15 and 20 mph when she jumped.

Police noted rips in her jeans, scuffs on her boots and a cut to her hand, injuries consistent with jumping out of the truck and tumbling on the ground.

The woman gave police a description of the vehicle, a green Toyota pickup truck, which was located and stopped by police a short time later in Dalton.

Dalton police reported Powers tried to get out of his vehicle during the stop and was taken into custody.

Powers pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to a kidnapping charge.

Judge Michael Ripps released him on $300 bail, which already had been posted.

Powers is due back in court on March 22 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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