Man charged in SUV incident that injured his friend

Friday September 7, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Housatonic man with multiple revoked-license convictions is due in court Monday on charges relating to the serious injury of a friend who fell off the back of an SUV he was driving last month, according to Great Barrington police.

Aaron J. Trombley, 26, who has six prior convictions for driving with a revoked license, allegedly was driving his wife’s 1999 Ford Expedition down Stony Brook Road in Great Barrington on Aug. 19 with two friends holding onto the vehicle, police said.

According to the police report, Todd Sweeney, 24, of Great Barrington, was riding on the roof, and John Brazee, 25, of Sheffield, was hanging off the back. After coming around a bend in the road, Trombley told police, he heard a noise and stopped to see if Sweeney was OK. Both men told police they did not know Brazee had jumped onto the rear bumper of the vehicle. Trom b ley and Sweeney doubled-back and found Brazee unconscious and bleeding badly from his head.

After loading Brazee into the back of the SUV, the pair took him to a friend’s house nearby where they had been drinking earlier that night, so that Trombley’s wife, Erin Cebula Trombley, could drive to the hospital, the police report said.

Brazee was taken to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, and later transferred to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated for serious injuries, including multiple skull fractures. His condition could not be learned on Thursday.

In a complaint filed in Southern Berkshire District Court, Officer Jonathan B. Finnerty said that during his investigation of the incident the following day, Trombley denied driving the vehicle during multiple interviews over the course of more than six hours, claiming that Sweeney had been driving. Sweeney also claimed to have been driving, according to the complaint. Both eventually admitted Trombley had been driving.

Trombley will face a felony charge of witness intimidation, as well as misdemeanor charges for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; driving with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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