Fourth OUI charge for Cheshire man who crashed into hydrant


PITTSFIELD — A Cheshire man is facing his fourth drunken driving charge after police found him unconscious behind the wheel of his running truck, which had come to rest on top of a fire hydrant.

When asked by police if he knew where he was, he replied, "I'm at the school."

Brian Arnold, 45, was found at the intersection of Monroe and John streets about 11:43 p.m. Sunday. There is no school in the area. He allegedly told police he parked the truck then "got in trouble."

Police said it appeared the truck, a 2012 Chevy Silverado, was traveling slowly when it struck the hydrant. There was no damage to the interior windshield and the hydrant was tipped and leaking water, but was not sheared off as it is designed to do when hit hard enough, police said.

Arnold first told police he was on his way home from a friend's house after having three beers, then said he had four or five.

Police said Arnold was unsteady on his feet and refused both medical treatment and a field sobriety test. He allegedly told police he had been arrested on prior occasions for OUI and suggested they should just arrest him after refusing the sobriety test.

Arnold also refused a breath test at the station, according to police.

He has a prior OUI conviction in Massachusetts from 1999 and two in Vermont, from 1991 and 1992, police said.

Arnold pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to a fourth charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor.

Judge Michael Ripps released him after he posted $500 bail. Arnold's license was seized and destroyed by police.

He is due back in court on Sept. 8 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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