No bail for North Adams man facing fourth drunken driving charge


NORTH ADAMS — A city man was ordered held without bail Friday after he was allegedly caught driving drunk for the fourth time.

Robert Sumner, 37, of State Street, allegedly told officers "you got me and I am drunk" after he was pulled over on Walnut Street for allegedly speeding down State Street, in a grey Oldsmobile with a loud exhaust, about 6 p.m. Thursday.

As his car was pulled over, Sumner allegedly began making "sudden movements" toward the passenger seat, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux. When the car came to a complete stop, Sumner allegedly stepped out of the vehicle immediately, prompting Lemieux to order him back into the car at gunpoint.

Officers immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle and, according to the police report, Sumner soon admitted to having "three beers and two nips" of hard liquor.

After a series of field sobriety tests, Sumner allegedly told officers he would not do another because he was drunk.

Sumner pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to single counts of operating under the influence, fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, speeding, failing to wear a seat belt, and a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation.

Prosecutors motioned to have Sumner held without bail on dangerousness. Judge Paul Vrabel ordered he be held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Feb. 3.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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