Jailed Vermont man sentenced in drug, motor vehicle case

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PITTSFIELD >> A Vermont man who already is jailed on child endangerment and drug possession charges has been sentenced to 90 days to charges in a separate case.

Patrick J. Collins, 34, of Stamford, admitted on Thursday that he had a drug that was not prescribed for him and was driving with a suspended license in 2014.

Collins was convicted in 2007 of possession of a Class B substance and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, making both of his new charges subsequent offenses, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Kinzer.

On Nov. 13, 2014, state police pulled over a white Mitsubishi SUV after receiving a tip that a suspect with an active warrant had been seen leaving his home in that vehicle.

Collins told police he was driving that suspect from Beaver Street to Brown Street to purchase drugs.

Collins' license was suspended and he told police he had a hypodermic needle and some suboxone.

In his previous case, Collins admitted he escorted the 6-year-old child of a friend to walk to a nearby store, but never arrived. Both were found later by Williamstown Police about 9 p.m. that night, unharmed, walking together on Curran Memorial Highway.

Collins was arrested and was found with a crack pipe and syringe.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to suboxone possession and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license .

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 90 days in jail, to be served concurrently with the six-month sentence he's currently serving.

The sentence was the result of an agreed-upon plea between Kinzer and Collins' attorney, Marc C. Vincelette.

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

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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