Pittsfield man denies OUI charge

Tuesday June 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The man accused in a drunken driving crash in Lanes borough over the weekend had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf and was released on personal recognizance following his arraignment on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Victor Steiner, 49, was given two weeks to hire a lawyer to defend him from two charges, operating while under the influence of alcohol and marked lane violations.

According to the Lanesborough Police Department, Steiner, of Oakhurst Avenue, was attempting to make a right-hand turn onto the Route 7/Route 8 Connector Road from Route 7 at about 10:20 p.m. on Saturday when his Subaru Outback crossed over the median and hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was waiting to turn onto Route 7.

When police arrived, Steiner allegedly had trouble getting his license out of his wallet, was visibly swaying, smelled strongly of alcohol, and failed four field sobriety tests.

His blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, according to a police report.

He allegedly told the police officer he hadn't been drinking that night.

The other driver and three teenage passengers were all treated at Berk shire Medical Center and released. One of the teens suffered a broken wrist.

Steiner was treated at the scene for a cut to his left arm.

Steiner is scheduled to be back in court on June 25.


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