Pittsfield man allegedly fights police while drunk, defiles holding cell


GREAT BARRINGTON — A Pittsfield man remains in custody after an allegedly intoxicated battle with Great Barrington police early Tuesday morning, which included the man defiling his holding cell with blood and urine and reportedly stealing a piece of equipment from the hospital where was being treated.

Daniels Avenue resident Brad W. Lehmann, 29, faces three counts of assault on a police officer, and one count each of larceny over $250, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct,

He was initially taken to the Great Barrington lockup where his bail was set at $500. He was arraigned later Tuesday morning in Southern Berkshire District Court where he pled not guilty to the charges.

According to Police Chief William R. Walsh, police responded to a call at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday, regarding an unresponsive male spotted on the side of the road on Route 23 near the Green River area.

Officers Victor Zucco and Richard Keefner responded. Upon locating Lehmann, who was awake by then, the two recognized him as being wanted on an outstanding warrant on a trespassing case in Stockbridge. The officers said Lehmann appeared to be intoxicated.

When officers attempted to arrest Lehmann, he reportedly became violent and had to be forcibly placed in the vehicle. From the back seat of the squad car, Lehmann yelled obscenities and kicked at the door of the car, police said.

Upon arrival at the Great Barrington Police Station, Lehmann remained combative. Police reported they had to forcibly remove him from the car and muscle him into the station. All the while, They said Lehmann was kicking the two arresting officers and Officer Chad Shimmon, who was assisting.

While in his cell, Lehmann reportedly removed his shirt and wrapped it around his neck, threw toilet paper around the cell, smeared blood from a wrist wound around the cell and urinated in a corner of his cell.

Lehmann was then taken to Fairview Hospital for medical treatment. Upon his return, officers allegedly discovered an electronic thermometer unit on his person that he had stolen from the hospital.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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