Great Barrington OUI defendant flees court after past history revealed
GREAT BARRINGTON >> A Dresser Avenue man facing an OUI charge skipped out of court on Thursday when police revealed he may be hiding a more serious criminal record under a different name.
Anthony C. Pulla, 40, of Dresser Avenue, was arrested by Great Barrington Police after being stopped on Monday afternoon for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, as well as unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
After Pulla made bail on Monday, police ran his fingerprints on the FBI's national database and learned that Pulla had an extensive criminal record and used several aliases, according to police report.
Pulla had an OUI conviction in New York in 2012 and another OUI conviction in Connecticut in 2013, according to the police report. Both convictions were under the alias "Tomas C. Salinas."
This elevated his potential sentence from a fine and loss of license for a first offense, to up to 2 1/2 years in jail for a third offense. Court officials speculate that Pulla was well aware of the potential for incarceration.
When Pulla arrived in court on Thursday on the initial OUI charge, the judge was made aware of the change and delayed the arraignment while taking care of other cases.
In the meantime, Pulla, who said he was unable to afford an attorney, was sent to another office to obtain and fill out a financial form.
At some point, he bolted from the courthouse, court officials said.
A default warrant was immediately issued for his arrest, but he has not yet been located, according to the court.
Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.
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