Driver denies OUI, texting in Dalton crash that injured woman
PITTSFIELD -- A driver who was allegedly drunk and texting prior to a serious two-vehicle accident in Dalton in November denied multiple charges Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Jonathan J. Delaney, 30, of South Washington State Road, Washington, on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger causing serious bodily injury, operating a vehicle while electronic messaging, and failure to stay within marked lanes.
The collision on East Street in Dalton at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 injured a 73-year-old woman, the operator of the other vehicle, police said. They said Delaney was driving a pickup while drunk and texting when his vehicle ran head-on into an SUV driven by Joan Parrott of Windsor.
"He came right at me," Parrott told police.
She was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for severe facial injuries, authorities said. Delaney was not injured.
Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Dalton Police Department.
Before police arrived, Delaney allegedly pushed an emergency medical technician who was trying to help him, then took a 32-pack of beer from inside the cab and threw it into the truck bed. Two unopened beers were found inside the vehicle, prosecutors said.
Delaney refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to court documents.
Judge Daniel Ford set bail for Delaney at $3,500 cash or $35,000 surety.
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