Fifth drunken driving conviction nets Adams man 3 years in jail

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PITTSFIELD — An Adams man who pleaded guilty to his fifth drunken driving charge has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Steven A. Cote, 45, was stopped by North Adams police about 6:20 p.m. Dec. 11 after officers spotted him driving on South Church Street in Honda Civic with a flat tire.

Police followed until Cote abruptly stopped the car, according to court documents. Police said Cote had difficulty getting out of the car and watched him "roll out" of the car and "stumble into the northbound lane."

Officers noted damage to the car's front end and right front tire and an open and crushed beer can inside as well as another open can in the car's beverage holder.

Cote failed two field sobriety tests and refused a third, telling police to "just take me."

Police later found part of a fender they believe came from Cote's car, but they could not locate the spot where the damage may have occurred.

He did not have a license and did not have permission to use the car. The owner declined to file a stolen vehicle report, according to police.

Cote pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (fifth offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended for OUI and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Judge Daniel Ford sentenced Cote to 2 1/2 years in jail on the OUI charge followed by a six-month sentence on the operating with a suspended license charge.

He will serve his sentence at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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