Dalton officer on leave amid allegations of alcohol-fueled violence


PITTSFIELD — A Dalton police officer with nearly 15 years on the force remains on administrative leave amid investigations into alleged violent behavior.

James A. Scace, 47, has been on leave since Oct. 26, pending the result of an investigation into alleged criminally assaultive behavior, according to Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey E. Coe.

The alleged incidents may be alcohol-related, according to investigators.

In a telephone interview Monday, Coe said Scace was placed on leave in connection with an Oct. 24 incident on Bridle Road in Dalton.

About 9:06 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Old Town Transfer Station after at least three 911 calls were made reporting a disturbance.

Scace, who was off duty at the time, was present along with three other adults and seven juveniles whose ages ranged from 14 to 17, Coe said.

Scace is alleged to have assaulted at least one of the juveniles.

It was during the investigation by Massachusetts State Police Detectives into that allegation that uncovered information that Scace had allegedly assaulted a woman last summer.

In the July incident, Scace allegedly throttled the woman, destroyed her phone, kicked her in the ribs and held a pistol to her head.

According to the probable cause statement filed in the case, the investigation, "has revealed a pattern of assaultive behavior (by Scace) while consuming alcohol."

Scace faces several charges in connection with those allegations and is scheduled for arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court on Dec. 3.

Scace was hired as a reserve officer on July 25, 2001, and was appointed as a full-time officer on June 13, 2005.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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