Drunken driving accident yields 2 years in jail for Washington man


PITTSFIELD -- A town of Washington man who injured a woman during a drunken driving accident has been sentenced to two years in jail.

At about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, Jonathan J. Delaney, 30, plowed his pickup into an SUV driven by Joan Parrott on East Street in Dalton, police said.

"He came right at me," the 73-year-old Windsor resident told police after the accident. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center where she was treated for severe facial injuries, according to a Dalton Police probable cause report.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office said Delaney was not injured. Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage.

Investigators said there was evidence Delaney had been texting at the time.

After the accident, but before police arrived, Delaney allegedly pushed an emergency medical technician who was trying to help him and then got back into his vehicle and began revving the engine. The EMT later told police she believed he was trying to leave the scene. Police said three bystanders got Delaney to stop hitting his accelerator.

When police arrived, Delaney smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He failed field sobriety tests and admitted drinking five beers, police said.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Delaney appeared with his attorney, Thomas C. Doyle, and pleaded guilty to operating while under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger causing serious bodily injury, as well as texting while driving and a marked lanes violation.

Delaney’s change of plea came on the eve of trial, a day after a jury was impaneled in the case.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Delaney to two years at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on the drunken driving charge in line with an agreed upon plea deal between Doyle and Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano.

The other charges were filed, meaning no action was taken on them. The DA’s Office could ask for the defendant to be sentenced on these charges on a later date in certain circumstances.

Delaney was given credit of 37 days for time spent in confinement awaiting disposition.

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