Driver held without bail after second OUI charge in two months

Friday August 10, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Sheffield woman is being without bail after she was charged with drunken driving twice in three months.

Joanna L. Gage, 37, of North Main Street, Sheffield, was arraigned Monday in Southern Berkshire District Court. She is charged with operating under the influence of liquor, operating with a suspended license, marked lanes violation and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Prior to her arrest on those charges Friday, she had a pending drunken driving case stemming from her arrest in Stockbridge on June 2. In that case, she was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, operating and unlicensed motor vehicle and child endangerment while operating under the influence.

In the latest case, she was stopped by Great Barrington Police after they received a complaint from a passerby that she had gotten into her vehicle at the Lake Mansfield beach and appeared intoxicated.

Sgt. William Bartini located Gage driving on Lake Mansfield Road and stopped the vehicle. According to Bartini's report, Gage's speech was heavily slurred and she attempted to continue drinking an alcoholic beverage from a Gatorade bottle after she was stopped.

Gage refused a field sobriety and chemical breath test, according to Bartini.

Gage, who can be held without bail for a maximum of 60 days, is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 10.


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