Judge tells Dalton teen: Straighten up or face jail


PITTSFIELD -- One of three local teens allegedly caught using a stolen station wagon to drive to Pittsfield and break into another vehicle had his case continued without a finding of guilt.

Dylan Perusse, 18, of High Street in Dalton, and two 16-year-old males, one from Sandisfield, the other from Great Barrington, were arrested Dec. 30 by Pittsfield police after a Highland Avenue resident called to report someone was breaking into his Jeep parked in his driveway. Perusse ran off when the man confronted him, according to police.

When police officers arrived on scene Perusse was arrested and an allegedly stolen 2007 Subaru Impreza was found parked nearby with the two juveniles inside. They were also arrested.

Perusse allegedly admitted to police they took the Subaru, went to McDonald’s for food and then drove to the Highland Avenue area to look for cars to break into.

The Subaru had been reported stolen from South Street in Great Barrington the same night.

On Friday in Central Berkshire District Court, Perusse appeared with attorney Joseph P. Colonna and pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on charges of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the nighttime for a felony and minor in possession of alcohol. The teens allegedly admitted drinking rye whiskey they found inside the Subaru.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler asked the court to find the defendant guilty of both charges and give him one year of probation and order $122 in restitution in the case. The prosecutor stressed how serious the charges against Perusse were.

Colonna said his client understood how serious the charges were and that this was a wake-up call. He said Perusse is planning on getting his GED and is looking for work.

He pointed out the 18-year-old had no criminal record.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg continued both charges without a finding of guilt for a year and ordered Perusse to get his GED and pay restitution. The judge told Perusse if he stayed out of trouble and abided by the conditions the charges would be dismissed in a year. Rutberg warned the defendant if he didn’t do what he was supposed to he could face a 21Ž2 year jail sentence.

The DA’s Office dismissed charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving a stolen motor vehicle because they duplicated a charge in Southern Berkshire District Court. A charge of use of a motor vehicle without authority remains pending in that court. Perusse is scheduled to be in court on that charge Feb. 27.

No information was publicly available on the cases involving the juveniles.

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