North Adams man faces OUI charges after rolling girlfriend's car, fleeing

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man is facing drunken driving and other charges after he allegedly crashed his girlfriend's car on River Street on Monday night and then fled the scene.

Daniel Kirkley, 32, was allegedly driving his girlfriend's Honda Accord — without her permission — about 9:30 p.m. when it crashed into a fire hydrant and rolled over, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux.

Two nearby residents ran to help Kirkley, but they told police he quickly escaped the vehicle and ran off. Officers chased Kirkley down on North Holden Street, where he was arrested and failed a number of field sobriety tests.

Officers later discovered three cans of malt liquor inside the car, one of which was open, the police report states. Kirkley had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, according to police.

The report notes that at the time of the crash, the roads were very slippery.

Kirkley's girlfriend, who was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident, flagged an officer down as he was leaving the scene and alleged that Kirkley had stolen her car while she put her child to sleep.

During the booking process, Kirkley allegedly denied that he had stolen the vehicle and said he has his own key for it. He is not licensed to operate a motor vehicle, according to police.

He was released on personal recognizance Tuesday after pleading not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of operating under the influence, leaving the scene of property damage, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and use of a motor vehicle without authority.

He is next scheduled to appear in court for a March 4 pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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