North Adams man faces fourth drunken driving charge

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man was held on $5,000 bail Monday after being charged on New Year's Day with a fourth drunken driving offense.

Alfred Horn, 61, of Houghton Street, was heading north on Marshall Street about 5:30 p.m. Friday when he was stopped for not using his headlines and driving with his back windshield covered in snow, according to a police report filed by North Adams Police Officer Kyle Cahoon.

Horn allegedly began to fumble with his wallet and credit cards in an attempt to find his license. In addition to a smelling moderately of alcohol, Horn repeatedly stated he was "driving to his registration," and failed to find a registration document that was sitting on his lap, according to the report.

After failing a series of field sobriety tests and being placed in custody, a breath test allegedly showed Horn had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 — more than twice the legal limit for driving.

On several occasions, Horn allegedly threatened to assault officers.

A female passenger complained of abdominal pain and was eventually transported to the hospital by medical personnel called to the scene. Horn said he had been driving her to the hospital.

He later admitted to consuming three vodka drinks to celebrate the New Year's holiday, police said.

At first, he stated his most recent drink had come six hours before he drove, but he later stated that he had a drink as recently as 15 minutes before he drove, according to the report. At one point, he admitted that he should not have been driving.

Horn pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of operating under the influence, fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a motor vehicle lights violation. Judge Paul Vrabel ordered bail be set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bond, with conditions that he not drive and not drink alcohol.

It was not clear when his prior OUI convictions occurred.

He was scheduled to return Feb. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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