Painter sent to hospital after being struck by SUV in Great Barrington


GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Great Barrington man allegedly driving drunk -- more than twice the legal limit -- struck and seriously injured a line painter at the intersection of Main Street and Maple Avenue.

Around 10 p.m. Sunday night, 45-year-old Manuel Sequeira of Brockton, an employee of Markings, Inc. of Pembroke, was working with a crew of line painters at the Routes 7 and 23 crossroads when he was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Donald Gibbs, 30, of Mechanic Street, according to police.

Responding officers found Sequeira lying in the road, semi-conscious, with a large contusion on the left side of his head. The victim was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where hospital officials Monday night said he was listed in stable condition.

While speaking with the driver, Officer Timothy Ullrich detected an odor of alcohol coming from Gibbs and gave him a field sobriety test that he failed. Ullrich arrested Gibbs and brought him to the Great Barrington police station where he took a breath test and registered a .19 blood/alcohol content -- the legal limit in Massachusetts is .08.

Gibbs was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor and causing serious injuries and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. His case was referred to the Southern Berkshire District Court.

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