Great Barrington man faces drugged driving charge after 2nd crash in month


GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Great Barrington man is facing a drugged driving charge following his second motor vehicle crash in a month.

Ryan Hassett, 26, will be summonsed to Southern Berkshire District Court, where he will answer to a charge of operating under the influence of drugs, according to local authorities. The date has yet to be set.

Hassett was likely on prescription medication when he crashed his 2007 Ford Focus into a utility pole on South Street just before 9 p.m. Monday, according to Great Barrington Police Sgt. William Bartini.

Hassett was taken to nearby Fairview Hospital to be treated for injuries to his sternum, collarbone and shoulder. There, Pittsfield police officer Jeff Coco, a drug recognition expert called in by Bartini, determined Hassett was under the influence of a legal drug.

A search of Hassett's car did not turn up any drugs or alcohol, Bartini said.

On Jan. 11, also around 9 p.m., Hassett suffered a head injury after crashing a Chrysler 300 into a bridge abutment on Division Street.

While Hassett doesn't face charges as a result of the first accident, his father, Timothy Hassett, was arrested at the scene for allegedly driving drunk. The former member of the Great Barrington Police Department either had been following his son or responding to the call of the crash, officials said.

The status of the elder Hassett's case was not immediately known Tuesday night.


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